Major Victories for Working People – Voters Raise the Minimum Wage in Three Cities!

San Jose 3-2 margin, Albuquerque and Long Beach 2-1 margin!

San Jose voters embrace minimum-wage hike

By John Woolfolk

November 7, 2012 9:23 AM

San Jose voters embraced a ballot measure that would raise the minimum wage in the city, with more than half the precincts reporting the $2 hourly increase held onto its lead early Wednesday morning.

“We’re thrilled,” said Stacey Hendler Ross, spokeswoman for the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, which led the campaign for Measure D to raise the minimum wage in the city. “We always thought San Jose voters would know the right thing to do. Of course we’re not counting all our chickens before they’re hatched, but right now, we’re just ecstatic.”

Approval makes San Jose one of a few cities nationwide to set its own wage floor, even though businesses had argued the $2 hourly raise would only lead to fewer jobs.

Only a handful of other cities nationwide set their own minimum wages: San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe and Albuquerque, N.M.

Measure D – San Jose – Minimum Wage (Vote For 1) Contest Detail Map
456 of 456 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
YES 58.88% 117,764
NO 41.12% 82,238

A proposition to increase the minimum wage in Albuquerque from $7.50 an hour to $8.50 an hour won support by voters by a nearly two-to-one ratio.

The final tally on has the wage increase passing with 139,143 for the increase (66 percent) and 70,952 against the increase (34 percent).

Measure N: Long Beach hotel wage measure passes
By Eric Bradley Staff
Posted: 11/07/2012 01:20:14 AM PST
November 7, 2012 2:14 PM GMTUpdated: 11/07/2012 06:14:47 AM PST

LONG BEACH – A Los Angeles-union-proposed measure to boost pay for Long Beach hotel workers was victorious early Wednesday.  With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 63.22 percent of voters were in favor of Measure N, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s Office.

Measure N would require Long Beach hotels with more than 100 rooms to paymemployees at least $13 an hour. California’s minimum wage is $8.

The initiative would also ensure that service charges are remitted to appropriate employees, give a minimum of five paid sick days per year to full-time workers and pay an automatic 2 percent annual raise to employees.

Christine Petit, a steering committee member with the Long Beach Coalition For Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, which sponsored the measure, celebrated its apparent passage early Wednesday.

“It’s a recognition that people who work hard in Long Beach deserve a wage that they can support their families on,” said Petit.


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