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

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Things You Can Do To Help

make yard signs,

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hang fliers,

collect signatures,


write supportive letters to the editor,

fund raise,

bring groups on board with endorsements,

set up places and times for people from your workplace to sign the petition

Contact the Eureka Fair Wage Act Campaign

Contact the Eureka Fair Wage Act Campaign

Contact: James Decker (707) 442-7465

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Livestreams, info on today’s Michigan Union protests against “right to work”

Livestreams, info on today’s Michigan Union protests against “right to work”

Last edited Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:13 PM USA/ET –

bigtree in reply #1: Here’s a twitter link to *live* tweets from Michigan reporters covering #righttowork
Breaking photos and updates from Twitter @wearemichigan (via OccupyMARINES)
OccupyPhoenix @occupyphoenix Watch #RTW protest LIVE … #OWS Retweeted by uppity
uppity @Uppity1 live RTW Lansing Michigan
uppity @Uppity1 live Lansing Michigan RTW
OMC @OMCorg BREAKING: Capitol police estimate 13,000 Michigan workers are currently rallying inside and outside…
allisonkilkenny @allisonkilkenny RT @MikeElk: Cops w/ tear gas guns inside the Mich Capitol Retweeted by uppity
Photo at OccupyMARINES Facebook page:
Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport Thank you, Michigan, for giving people the right to choose what century they work in. #MIUnion
Jeff Rae @jeffrae Photo of the tear gas gun police had on Capitol grounds #saveMI #1u
Jeff Rae @jeffrae Things calming down on the Capitol grounds. Police did load tear gas guns but did not fire them #saveMI #1u from Lansing, MI
Jeff Rae Jeff Rae @jeffrae Police with clubs trying to clear Capitol grounds pushing union members #saveMI #1u

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.

Walmart’s “Honest Graft”

Wal-Mart’s Honest Graft

Nobody knows how much the Arkansas behemoth and its founding family have given to local politicians, but it is obviously another Wal-Mart standard practice. In one of the more blatant examples, Wal-Mart—eager to open a new store in one of Chicago’s African-American neighborhoods—lavished campaign contributions on Alderwoman Emma Mitts and feted her at the gala held during its annual stockholders meeting. Mitts has become a prominent spokesperson for the company, flacking for Wal-Mart in a Washington Post op-ed and even referring to the company as “we” on a local Chicago television show.

Nowhere has the battle over Wal-Mart been as intense as in the Los Angeles area. Eager to gain a foothold in the area a decade ago, Wal-Mart proposed building a mega-store in Inglewood, a mostly African-American and Hispanic working-class suburb. In 2004 the company spent about $1 million to mount a ballot initiative that would change the city’s zoning laws to allow Wal-Mart to build its supercenter. Despite being outspent ten-to-one, a local community coalition defeated the ballot measure by a two-to-one margin. That same year, the Los Angeles City Council enacted a big-box law making it difficult for Wal-Mart to open new stores.

Wal-Mart retreated, but in the past year it has returned to Los Angeles with a vengeance, attempting to open a store in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. It has hired three powerful lobbying firms—Ek & Ek; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; and Mercury Public Affairs (where former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez is a partner)—to help the company get the approvals it needed.

To gain the support (or silence) of community groups, Wal-Mart dramatically increased its charitable philanthropy, as it has done elsewhere. Its total giving in the United States rose from $270 million in 2007 to $873 million last year. In Los Angeles, the company hired the politically connected Javier Angulo—former employee at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials—to coordinate its local philanthropic program. Wal-Mart recently donated several million dollars to dozens of local nonprofits, including the NAACP, the Urban League, Homeboy Industries, California Charter Schools Association, Los Angeles Parents Union, Goodwill, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Union Rescue Mission, Meals on Wheels, Chrysalis, Children’s Hospital, and the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, as well as several Asian American organizations, including Little Tokyo Service Center, Korean American Coalition, the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment, and Chinatown Service Center. Angulo makes sure that whenever Wal-Mart hands over a check to one of these groups, elected officials are there for the photo-op.

Earlier this month, the day before the City Council was to vote on an ordinance that would have put the construction on hold, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office pushed through permits to allow Wal-Mart to move forward on its Chinatown store. Hoping to stop the project, community and labor groups are fighting back. They’ve produced a “No Wal-Mart in Chinatown” video, lobbied council members to override the mayor’s efforts, and scheduled a large protest march for June 30 at a state park near Chinatown.

read the rest of it

 Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College, chair of its Urban & Environmental Policy Department, and author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, which Nation Books has just published. Donald Cohen is the chair of In the Public Interest, a national resource center on privatization and responsible contracting, and the director of the Cry Wolf Project.

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


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?


FREE COMMUNITY EVENT, Saturday, Dec 15: 


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

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

Minimum Wage, the Poverty Trap, and America’s Imperative (Part I)

Minimum Wage, the Poverty Trap, and America’s Imperative (Part I)

Sanjay Sanghoee

After having had the luxury this Thanksgiving of consuming liberal amounts of turkey and stuffing with our families, it is worth remembering just how lucky most of us are, or at least those of us who are over the poverty line.  For the ones below it, life is truly miserable and not just because of their circumstances but because of a lack of hope on the horizon.  If Groundhog Day was a horror movie, these people would be the stars.

At the heart of the poverty challenge lies the controversial concept of the minimum wage.  First introduced through the Fair Labor Standards Act by FDR, the federal minimum wage has slowly risen from $0.25/hour in 1938 to $7.25/hour today.  That looks impressive in nominal or absolute dollar terms but is misleading from a “real” perspective — the wage in terms of its actual buying power in today’s world.  In fact, taking inflation into account, the highest minimum wage occurred in 1968, when it was the equivalent of $10.38/hour in today’s dollars, which means that the real minimum wage has actually declined.

This presents three big problems.

the rest of the article at link above