Rising Tide Reaches Massachusetts – Surrounding States Must Act

The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently passed a bill that will raise the state’s minimum wage from $8 to $11 an hour by 2017—the highest state minimum wage in the nation. The Senate already approved the bill, and Governor Deval Patrick is expected to sign it into law within the week.

http://forcechange.com/128137/applaud-massachusetts-for-approving-livable-minimum-wage/

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Regional Minimum Wage Proposed for East Bay

Minimum wage proposal for East Bay cities gathers momentum

Mayor Tom Bates’ proposal to create a regional minimum wage across the East Bay is generating interest among officials in various cities.

“We need to raise the minimum wage, and we need to do it quickly,” Asher said. “I’m absolutely interested in it. I’m just not sure what the details are going to look like.”

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, who supports the minimum wage increase in the city and region, said although the increase from $8 to $12.53 is a “step forward,” it is not enough to support people working in jobs like retail and food service.

“Tackling minimum wage regionally will have the most impact and help the most people,” Arreguin said. “The increase is important, but what’s critical is that the raised minimum wage match the cost of living in the East Bay.”

 

Fair Wage Folks Meet TONIGHT Tues June 24, @Labor Temple Eureka, 6:15 PM

Fair Wage Folks Meet TONIGHT Tues June 24, @Labor Temple Eureka, 6:15 PM

 

Look for us upstairs or in the basement.

Join us for our weekly meeting!   We are planning our route to victory on November 4!
We will meet as usual at the Labor Temple, 9th and E, Eureka at 615 pm.  Look for us upstairs or in the basement.

 

A BIG THANKS to all who have helped us get this far!

VOLUNTEER CALL OUT! We need canvassers, phone bankers, tablers, and leafleteers,  musicians, cooks, bottle washers, clean up specialists, event personnel, drivers, your skill set is needed! Call

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Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Will Do What?

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http://horsesass.org/15-minimum-wage-blowback-seattle-hotels-sell-for-record-price/

Remember how opponents warned that a $15 minimum wage would surely cost the city thousands of jobs, hurting the exact same low-wage workers the ordinance was intended to help? Well, in Seattle’s booming hospitality industry, not so much:

The former Red Lion Hotel in downtown Seattle sold Thursday for $130.7 million, or nearly $410,000 a room, the highest price ever paid in the metro area, according to hotel experts.

But the record price for the 319-room hotel, now known as Motif Seattle, could quickly be surpassed by the pending sale of the 120-room Hotel 1000: Two groups are buying it for $63 million or about $525,000 a room, according to a report this week in The Wall Street Journal, which didn’t identify its sources.

“It is the highest price paid (per key) ever for a hotel in Washington state,” said Chris Burdett, senior vice president of CBRE Hotels in Seattle, which was not involved in the transaction.

Fair Wage Folks Meet TONIGHT Tues June 17, @Labor Temple Eureka, 6:15 PM

Fair Wage Folks Meet TONIGHT Tues June 17, @Labor Temple Eureka, 6:15 PM

 

Look for us upstairs or in the basement.

Join us for our weekly meeting!   We are planning our route to victory on November 4!

 

The Eureka Fair Wage Act (Measure R) is on the agenda tonight (Tues, June 17) for he City Council to decide whether it will submit arguments for or against the measure.  We are item #11
We will meet as usual at the Labor Temple, 9th and E, Eureka at 615 pm.  Look for us upstairs or in the basement.

 

A BIG THANKS to all who have helped us get this far!

VOLUNTEER CALL OUT! We need canvassers, phone bankers, tablers, and leafleteers,  musicians, cooks, bottle washers, clean up specialists, event personnel, drivers, your skill set is needed! Call

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50% OF NYC VOTERS SUPPORT $13 MINIMUM WAGE: Quinnipiac University POLL

Broad support in NYC for higher minimum wage, poll shows

NEW YORK Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:14pm EDT

 NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers strongly back hiking the minimum wage, a poll showed on Thursday, while their support for the police department hit new lows under a mayor seeking to improve community relations.

Half of the city voters surveyed said they would support an increase in New York’s minimum wage to $13 an hour from $8, while a third approved of a hike to $10.10, the poll by Quinnipiac University showed.

Only about one in 10 said the rate should stay where it is, it said.

The findings come in the wake of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s amending of a bill to boost the minimum wage.

The proposal, which Silver called a top priority as the legislative session comes to a close, would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, indexed to inflation, and allow municipalities to push wages as much as 30 percent higher.

 

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/12/us-usa-new-york-police-idUSKBN0EN27920140612

 

21. Do you think the minimum wage in New York City of $8.00 an hour should be raised to $10.10 an hour, or to $13.00 an hour, or shouldn’t New York City’s minimum wage be raised?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Raised to $10.10     35%    35%    33%    42%    33%    37%    37%    32%    39%
Raised to $13.00     50     34     61     40     50     51     42     59     57
Shouldn't be raised  11     30      5     13     12     11     18      5      2
DK/NA                 3      1      1      6      5      2      2      4      2
 

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/new-york-city/release-detail?ReleaseID=2051