Exciting Updates from the (Measure R) Fair Wage Folks

FIFTY FOUR days until the election on November 4th!

Thank you for reading the whole update below.

OUR CONTACT INFO: info@fairwages.org , (707) 442-7465

Facebook- Fair Wage Folks , Eureka Fair Wage Act (Page)

Website: fairwages.org

Blog: eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com

 

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VIDEO

Check out these two new videos (motion graphics) for Measure R!

Eureka! Raise The Minimum Wage! Vote YES on R
http://youtu.be/eSSmzHtGEpo

Eureka! Raise the Minimum Wage! Volunteer to Help Pass Measure R   http://youtu.be/oe25FY01Lz4

Please watch and spread around. They are identical, except for the endings. Each is less than two minutes long! Please choose one and send it to your Eureka contacts, share on your social media, tweet about them, ‘like’ them on your you tube channel!

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PRIDE

The Fair Wage Folks at Humboldt Pride festival, Sept. 13!

WHAT: Humboldt Pride Rainbow Revolution festival (cocktails and beer, two stages of entertainment, children’s area )

WHEN: Saturday, Sept.13th, 12noon – 5:00pm

WHERE: Halvorsen Park, Eureka

WHO: Open to all, All ages

We will have a table set up about the Eureka Fair Wage Act / Measure R all day at the Pride festival. Dedicated Fair Wage folk, Sarah Torres, with her amazing voice and guitar skills, will perform her original songs on stage with BeTHIsBell. It will be a collaboration not to be missed! Both Sarah and Beth have consistently shared their music at the Fair Wage Cafes, Arts Alive, and many street concerts in support of the Fair Wage Act.

 

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FAIR WAGE CAFE

11th Fair Wage Cafe September 27, 2014

The Cafe is family-friendly, community building, relaxing, and fun event. All free! A large buffet of delicious, nutritious food and sweets with coffee, tea, and juice; fabulous live local music; games for kids (plus a playground and a large grassy area for running around); guest speakers; space for informational tables about your projects or organizations; ways to help raise the minimum wage; and an open setting where you can be social or just eat, listen to the music, read the materials, relax.

WHAT: Fair Wage Cafe

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 27th, 12noon – 5:00pm,

WHERE: at Cesar Chavez Park (also know as Hammond or Candy Cane Park) 14 & F Streets, Eureka

WHO: Open to all, All ages

fair wage cafe SEPT 27_2014

Link to flier: https://app.box.com/s/1znq9o2rfhayih370dza

We have lots of handbills for the cafe if you want a stack to pass out.

If you would like to set up a table to share your information with people, please contact us.  (707) 442-7465, info@fairwages.org

 

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ARE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Only 54 days until the election on November 4th!

Please make sure you are registered to vote for Measure R in the city limits of Eureka. Check your registration status here:
https://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/voter-status/

If you need to register or know people who do, please call or email us. (707) 442-7465, info@fairwages.org  We will bring you a registration form. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out. We all can win this if we vote for higher wages.

 

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YARD SIGNS for Measure R are available. Please contact us if you want one.  (707) 442-7465, info@fairwages.org

We also have laminated window signs for your home, office, or vehicle.
cropped-fair-wages-yard-sign.jpg
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VOLUNTEER Volunteer any evening to help pass Measure R.
(707) 442-7465, info@fairwages.org  Knocking on doors and talking with Eureka residents continues every evening. Please find some time to join us for a couple of hours.  We will do a short preparation and you will go out with an experienced person, so don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this.Also, if you can help us put information into a spreadsheet, from your own home, that would be super helpful!***
DAILY BANNER ACTION

Stand with the Fair Wage banner! We have a beautiful YES ON R banner that we can display every day to thousands of passers-by on Broadway. Don, one of the drafters of the Fair Wage Act (Measure R) and a proud Fair Wage Folk, needs one person every weekday to accompany him in sitting or standing with the banner at Wabash and Broadway. Please contact us if you would be willing to hold the professionally made banner (donated by Jim Signs) for two hours with Don. Don will provide transportation to and from the spot on Broadway. Guaranteed laughs with Don, too!

photo by Craig Spjut of UA Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters

photo by Craig Spjut
of UA Local 290
Plumbers and Steamfitters

(707) 442-7465, info@fairwages.org

 

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$$HELP

Help get the last money together for PARC rent! PARC has been the main organizing space/office for the Fair Wage Folks. PARC still needs $150 for September rent. Please donate if you can.parc.2truth.com  click on “Give Now”

[This is a separate donation link, etc then The Fair Wage Folks.  PARC does not have a state committee campaign number, just a bunch of grass roots!]

 

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Write a letter to the editor in support of Measure R. It would be good to see one every day in the Times-Standard and North Coast Journal. A letter does not need to be complicated- could simply say why you support Measure R.

Thank You for your help and support!
The Fair Wage Folks

2 thoughts on “Exciting Updates from the (Measure R) Fair Wage Folks

  1. The sponsors of Measure R are well meaning, but few would benefit from passage of the measure. For one thing, small business owners would have a rough time keeping employees at the new hourly rate. To make ends meet, many small time employers would cut their work force or reduce hours; this could result in actually more unemployment, forcing workers to take on multiple jobs. Furthermore, most people in minimum wage jobs are not highly skilled workers. It’s ethically unfair to pay minimally skilled workers close to the same wage as skilled workers who may have gone to college to acquire their skills. Measure R might make more sense if the government could at the same time, provide tax incentives to employers. Passage of Measure R would also push up the local cost of living; expect to see higher food and gas prices.

    • We welcome criticism but at least read the measure first. Small businesses don’t have to pay the higher wage.
      We feel it is ethically unfair to pay a worker a wage that leaves them below the poverty level. The current minimum wage is too low, and the solution to that is to raise it. We know that all wages for working people have been stagnant or declining for decades and it is time to stop giving tax cuts to billionaires and past time to raise working people’s wages.
      We live in a demand-driven economy, and paying workers a fair wage will stimulate demand, the real job creator. The absolute failure of the, “give money to rich people to get jobs” is writ large across closed store front after closed storefront in Old Town, in Henderson Center and the Eureka Mall.
      College graduates working for $12 an hour (or less) is a huge part of the reason they cannot repay the mountain of debt they incurred getting that degree. People are already working two jobs to make rent. More of the same has already failed those workers.

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