Updates in the campaign for MEASURE R – THE EUREKA FAIR WAGE ACT

August 22 Updates

Very Important:  We have an immediate need for volunteers to help us CANVASS in Eureka. No experience required! And you don’t have to live in Eureka to help. We have been knocking on doors every day, and we need more people. We will prepare you to canvass for Measure R, provide simple outreach supplies, and pair you up with a person who has experience. Then we’ll hit the streets, talk with Eureka residents about the fight for $12 in Eureka, and register more voters. We’ve registered about 350 Eureka residents so far!

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RAISE WAGES

  • We need you to VOLUNTEER your time and energy to help with phone calls, data entry, sign delivery, tabling at events, graphic art, etc.- your skills are needed.
  • YARD SIGNS for Measure R are being made by a small, local printing shop. Very exciting! Let us know if you’d like us to bring you a yard sign (or a smaller window sign) to display at your home or business in support of the Fair Wage Act!  Here’s what it looks like.

 

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  • We’re hosting another outdoor FAIR WAGE CAFE at Cesar Chavez Park (Hammond Park), at 14th and F, Eureka (with the tennis courts and playground). It will be held sometime in September, on a Saturday.  We’ll finalize the date soon. Enjoy nutritious, yummy food, live local music, kid’s games, and family fun from 12noon to 5pm. Bring friends, co-workers, neighbors, and the whole family out for a day in the park! It’s all free!
  • Measure R recently received the unanimous endorsement of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee. Our thanks to them for their support of Measure R, and we’re pleased to add them to the growing list of organizations and individuals that stand behind Eureka’s working families.

  Endorsers of Measure R, the Eureka Fair Wage Act, we thank you:

  • Humboldt and Del Norte Central Labor Council
  • Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee
  • Roosevelt Institute at Humboldt State University
  • Humboldt County Green Party
  • SEIU Local 1021- a union of 54,000 workers in Northern California
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local #5
  • Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Social Action Committee
  • Progressive Democrats
  • Operating Engineers Union local #3
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties
  • Eureka City Council member Linda Atkins
  • former Eureka City Council member Chris Kerrigan
  • Natalie Arroyo*
  • Kim Bergel*

(*We hope Natalie Arroyo and Kim Bergel will be Eureka City Council members in the near future)

  • Brave New Films, a non-profit documentary film company, is making a pro-minimum wage raise video that will be ready by Labor Day weekend.  They have contacted us, and we will have the video to show on Access Humboldt, the internet, wherever we (and you) can spread it.  It will include Eureka’s Measure R information!

 

  • Please consider giving a FINANCIAL DONATION of any amount to the Measure R campaign. It is run solely by volunteers in the community. Donations will help us print important campaign materials, fund radio spots, and help pay for web space. Donate today at FAIRWAGES.ORGYou can mail us a contribution, donate online, hand us money, a check, or money order in person– however it works for you!
  • If you haven’t seen our new website, please go to its easy-to-remember address, fairwages.org. Also, we continue to host the blog, eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com where, for almost two years, we’ve been posting research, news, events, etc. about raising wages.
  • We’re on Facebook.  “Friend” us at Fair Wage Folks. “Like” us at Eureka Fair Wage Act and Measure R.

Help us get the vote out for Measure R!

Fair is fair!  We need this!

For the people,
The Fair Wage Folks

Fast Food Workers Strike in National Action for Economic Justice – Aug. 29, 2013

shortlink here:  http://wp.me/p2w2NH-oo

New York City, via gothamist.com http://gothamist.com/2013/08/29/fast_food_workers_walk_out_to_fight.php :)

“Fast food workers are walking out on their jobs today to once again protest low wages, demand the right to unionize and fight for better working conditions. The strikes are occurring in 50 cities including New York City, where there are multiple walk-outs plus a rally planned.

The first walkout was at the McDonald’s at 341 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn was there, as was City Council Member and Public Advocate hopeful Letitia James. James invoked Martin Luther King Jr., quoting the civil rights leader, “It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.””

Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-restaurants-strike-20130828,0,3586222.story

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fast-food workers staged strikes at McDonald’s and Burger Kings and demonstrated at other stores in sixty U.S. cities on Thursday in their latest action in a nearly year-long campaign to raise wages in the service sector.

The strikes spread quickly across the country and have shut down restaurants in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Raleigh and Seattle, according to organizers.”

LA Times:   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fast-food-protests-hit-los-angeles-thursday-20130829,0,7294893.story

Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/fast-food-protest-chicago_n_3837419.html

the Guardian UK: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/29/fast-food-workers-low-pay-nationwide-walkout

KTVU San Francisco: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/fast-food-strike/nZf4X/

NBC 5 Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas:  http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Fast-Food-Workers-Join-Nationwide-Strike-221626461.html

Flint, Michigan:  http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/08/minimum_wage_protesters_in_fli.html

Chicago Fast Food, Retail Workers Go On Strike, “Fight for $15″

shortlink here: http://wp.me/p2w2NH-mQ  mnemonic here: http://urlet.com/anyway.too

Chicago Fast Food, Retail Workers Go On Strike For Higher Wages

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Photo credit: Ryan L. Williams
Hundreds of retail and fast food workers went on a coordinated strike this morning to call for a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize without interference.

http://chicagoist.com/2013/04/24/chicago_fast_food_retail_workers_go.php

Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago issues new report:  A Case for $15:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/115415149/A-Case-for-15

Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago / Fight for 15 – Lucha por 15 WOCC: https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15

Fast Food Forward (NYC):  https://www.facebook.com/FastFoodForward

#strikefor15, #fightfor15, #fastfoodforward

Eureka Fair Wage Act Meetings EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Eureka Fair Wage Act Meetings EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

People welcome to the meetings even if you live outside of Eureka.

The Fair Wage folks urge you to get involved in passing the Eureka Fair Wage Act, also known as the Minimum Wage Ordinance.  If passed through a popular vote, the Act would require large employers with 25 or more workers in Eureka to pay a $12 dollar minimum wage.  A higher minimum wage, with a small business exception, will improve lives, make Walmart reconsider its presence in Eureka, boost the local economy, bring employment up, and allow individuals who work full time to rise just above the federal poverty level.

Meetings for the Eureka Fair Wage Act are now every Wednesday at 6:15pm at the Eureka Labor Temple, 840 E Street.  More information can be found and questions answered by visiting the Eureka Fair Wage Act website, fairwages.org, or by calling 707-442-7465.  If you are interested in helping the campaign in any way, wherever you live, please get in contact.

George Clark & Linda Atkins 2008 Campaign Statement on the Need to Raise the Minimum Wage in Eureka

FRANK JAGER: Job killer

October 6, 2008 Heraldo  Leave a comment Go to comments

From the Clark/Atkins campaign:

GEORGE CLARK AND LINDA ATKINS REBUT JÄGER AND ENDERT ON RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE

“Yesterday’s Eureka Reporter article: “Two Candidates Suggest Raising Minimum Wage,” discussed George Clark and Linda Atkins proposal to raise Eureka’s minimum wage from $8 to $9 per hour.

Concerned about the fact that Eureka’s workers’ median income level is only 51% of the statewide average, Clark and Atkins feel that raising the minimum wage is a necessary first step, as part of a comprehensive effort to get Eureka’s economy back on track.

The article also featured the reaction of Linda and George’s opponents in their race for Eureka City Council: Polly Endert and Frank Jäger respectively. “It’s totally the wrong approach,” according to Polly Endert and Frank Jäger added, “It’s a great idea, but it’s a job killer.”  The evidence shows minimum wage initiatives are neither “totally wrong” nor “job killers.” They are, however, often resisted by entrenched moneyed interests whose influence in this campaign once again threatens the future of Eureka’s working families. When it comes to raising the minimum wage, Linda Atkins and George Clark feel the facts should speak for themselves.

Over the past 12 years around 140 States and Municipalities have enacted living wage measures and 29 states and the District of Columbia all operate with minimum wages above the Federal standard. There is now a rich body of evidence in this area, none of which supports Jäger or Endert’s claims. In 1995 and in a subsequent study in 2000, David Card and Alan Krueger, “consistently found that changes in the minimum wage have not tended to raise unemployment by any discernible amount (and indeed have tended to be associated with slight increases in low-wage employment.”

In 1998 a survey of professional economists at forty leading research universities in the field of labor and public economics published by Victor Fuchs of Stanford and Alan Krueger and James Poterba of MIT conclude that, “the general professional view is, again, that there were no strong negative employment effects, if any, from raising the minimum wage by relatively modest amounts.”

Three more recent studies examining the impact of living wage laws in San Francisco and Los Angeles done in 2005 all agree: “None of these studies finds evidence of significant reductions associated with the implementation of living wages laws.”

A particularly interesting study was done from 2001 to 2005 comparing employment growth between 11 states that operated with minimum wage levels higher than the Federal standard and 33 others that did not. The states operating with the higher minimum wage experienced overall job growth of 0.57 %, while those that maintained the lower Federal minimum wage had a 0.52% growth rate. In other words employment growth was actually slightly faster in those states which paid minimum wages greater than the Federal level.

Given the enormous amount of evidence that contradicts Frank and Polly’s “sky is falling” reaction to the idea of raising the minimum wage for Eureka’s working families, are we to conclude that they simply don’t get it or is this what having “no agenda” means to them?

George Clark and Linda Atkins believe in building our economy from the ground up.  Raising wages in Eureka, which are so far below the state average, is the right and fair thing to do for Eureka’s working families. When the spending power of working families goes up, so does morale, which leads to productivity boosts, lowers job turnover, all in an ongoing “virtuous cycle,” and everyone benefits.  Furthermore, increased spending by Eureka’s workers creates more demand for products, helping businesses while creating more jobs in the process.”

Defending the Community
$12.00 An Hour Minimum Wage for Large Employers

Do You Want To Sign the Eureka Fair Wage Act Petition or Register to Vote?

Do You Want To Sign the Eureka Fair Wage Act Petition or Register to Vote?

Do you want to hold Walmart & other large corporate employers accountable to the community by mandating a $12 minimum wage for large employers in the City of Eureka?

If you are a registered Eureka voter and want to sign the petition contact us:

If you are not a registered voter but reside in Eureka we can register you also!

Contact the Eureka Fair Wage Act Campaign

Contact the Eureka Fair Wage Act Campaign

Contact: James Decker (707) 442-7465

info@fairwages.org

http://fairwages.org

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Minimum Wage Doomsayers Are Still Wrong After 74 Years

this article excerpt appeared on Huffington Post:
go to link for complete article
Minimum Wage Doomsayers Are Still Wrong After 74 Years
Posted: 06/25/2012  6:52 pm
Few American institutions have been subjected to such a consistent stream of vitriol and assault as the minimum wage that celebrates its 74th birthday this week.  The first federal minimum wage was established when FDR signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on June 25, 1938.  The FLSA also established the 8-hour day, paid overtime and child labor protections into federal law. Since then, it has been amended nine times to expand coverage and to raise the wage to keep it in line with the nation’s economic growth.

Business leaders, industry associations, politicians and more recently think tanks opposed the FLSA and every legislative amendment since. They said it would destroy American civilization, kill jobs and hurt black people. Business owners predicted they would be forced into bankruptcy.

One business opponent of the 1938 legislation even warned the minimum wage would lead to the decline of the American empire. In 1937 Guy Harrington of the National Publishers Association testifying before a congressional committee claimed that “Rome, 2,000 years ago, fell because the government began fixing the prices of services and commodities. We, however, know what has always happened when governments have tried to superintend the industry of private persons. The final result has always been distress, misery and despair.”

Despite these (and more) constant predictions of doom, the minimum wage remains wildly popular in the eyes of the American people. They understand basic economics — when wages go up, people spend more.  Without minimum wage laws, employers pay less. They understand what I’ll call “Chris Rock-onomics,” the economic theory the comedian and social commentator described recently like this: “I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage. You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? It’s like “Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.”

Happy Birthday, minimum wage.

Fair Wage Cafe – Dec. 15 – Noon to 5 – Labor Temple – Eureka

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SEE, PRINT, Email, Facebook AND PASS AROUND THE ATTACHED FLIER! (in color or black and white)
If you or a group you work with wants to set up an info table at the Fair Wage Cafe, give us a call!  707.442.7465

See you there, December 15th.from the Eureka Fair Wage folks

Join Us in Solidarity….               

Fair Wage Cafe Dec.15th

Join us for food, music, poetry and community. (More details below)  Help us move the Eureka Fair Wage Act forward.  Raise the pay for 1,000 (or more) of our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. Volunteers needed for this event.  Musicians, poets, cooks, food handlers, clean up. Donations welcome.

Also there is a meeting tonight and every Tuesday at 6:15pm at the Labor Temple.  We need all kinds of skills and volunteers!

Do you know about the Fair Wage Graphic contest?

http://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/announcing-the-fair-wage-graphic-contest/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  12/04/12

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT, Saturday, Dec 15: 

FAIR WAGE CAFE

On Saturday, December 15th, bring family and friends to the first FAIR WAGE CAFE, hosted by the Eureka Fair Wage folks. 

The Fair Wage Cafe will be at the Labor Temple in Eureka from noon to 5pm, a family friendly event with food, music, poetry, and children’s activities. We invite speakers to talk about fair wages and working conditions, and welcome local community groups to set up information tables. The Fair Wage Cafe is envisioned to be an open and casual space where people of all ages and stripes are free to encounter each other, express ideas for community building, relax, learn, and perhaps get involved in helping pass the Eureka Fair Wage act, raise in-home health care wages, and build strength in the working class of Humboldt County.

FAIR WAGE CAFE a free community event Saturday, December 15th, noon to 5pm at the Labor Temple, 840 E Street in Eureka, where 9th and E intersect

Call 707.442.7465 for more information or email info@fairwages.org

See you there, at the FAIR WAGE CAFE, Saturday December 15th!

Fair Wage Cafe!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  12/04/12

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT, Saturday, Dec 15: 

FAIR WAGE CAFE

On Saturday, December 15th, bring family and friends to the first FAIR WAGE CAFE, hosted by the Eureka Fair Wage folks. 

The Fair Wage Cafe will be at the Labor Temple in Eureka from noon to 5pm, a family friendly event with food, music, poetry, and children’s activities. We invite speakers to talk about fair wages and working conditions, and welcome local community groups to set up information tables. The Fair Wage Cafe is envisioned to be an open and casual space where people of all ages and stripes are free to encounter each other, express ideas for community building, relax, learn, and perhaps get involved in helping pass the Eureka Fair Wage act, raise in-home health care wages, and build strength in the working class of Humboldt County.

FAIR WAGE CAFE a free community event Saturday, December 15th, noon to 5pm at the Labor Temple, 840 E Street in Eureka, where 9th and E intersect

Call 707.442.7465 for more information or email info@fairwages.org

See you there, at the FAIR WAGE CAFE, Saturday December 15th

Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago issues new report: A Case for $15 Minimum Wage

casefor15

Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago issues new report:  A Case for $15.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/115415149/A-Case-for-15