California United Homecare Workers (CUHW) Endorses Measure R

CUHW is a statewide labor organization representing over 20,000 home care workers within California’s IHSS program in 25 counties.

Thank You, Homecare Workers!

CUHW-Members

This was made by one of our Fair Wage Folks in 2012.

WeLoveHomecareWorkers

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Endorsers/Supporters of Measure R

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Measure R, the Eureka Fair Wage Act is ENDORSED by:

⇒Humboldt and Del Norte CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL

⇒Humboldt County DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

⇒SEIU Local 1021 (a union of 54,000 workers in Northern California)

⇒ CALIFORNIA UNITED HOMECARE WORKERS (CUHW)

⇒EUREKA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

⇒ROOSEVELT INSTITUTE at Humboldt State University

⇒Humboldt County GREEN PARTY

⇒UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS Local #5

⇒OPERATING ENGINEERS UNION local #3

⇒BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL of Humboldt & Del Norte Counties

⇒PEOPLES’ ACTION FOR RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY (PARC, Eureka)

⇒ PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS

⇒AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES Local 1684, AFL-CIO

⇒ HUMBOLDT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Social Action Committee

⇒COALITION FOR GRASSROOTS PROGRESS

⇒ DEMOCRACY UNLIMITED of Humboldt County

⇒ LINDA ATKINS, Eureka City Councilmember

⇒ CHRIS KERRIGAN, former Eureka City Councilmember

⇒ SHANE BRINTON, former Arcata Mayor & City Councilmember

⇒ NATALIE ARROYO, Eureka City Council candidate

⇒ KIM BERGEL, Eureka City Counsel candidate

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.
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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

‘SeaTac is proving trickle-down economics wrong’

People rally in support of a $15 minimum wage at Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington March 15, 2014.
People rally in support of a $15 minimum wage at Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washington March 15, 2014.  Jason Redmond/Reuters

‘SeaTac is proving trickle-down economics wrong’

09/08/14 11:18 AM
The community of SeaTac, Washington, home to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this year became the first in the nation to approve a $15 minimum wage law.
It’s been more than eight months since the policy took effect, and Dana Milbank highlighted the results over the weekend.
As fast-food workers demonstrate nationwide for a $15 hourly wage, and congressional Republicans fight off a $10 federal minimum, little SeaTac has something to offer the debate. Its neighbor, Seattle, was the first big city to approve a $15 wage, this spring, but that doesn’t start phasing in until next year. SeaTac did it all at once. And, though there’s nothing definitive, this much is clear: The sky did not fall.
“SeaTac is proving trickle-down economics wrong,” says David Rolf, the Service Employees International Union official who helped lead the $15 effort in SeaTac and Seattle, “because when workers prosper, so do communities and businesses.”
In fairness, SeaTac is a small community and the number of affected workers is quite modest, making this a difficult test case. Still, as Milbank’s piece noted, the owner of a SeaTac hotel, who had strongly opposed the minimum-wage increase during the 2013 debate, said the hike would invariably lead to local layoffs and eliminated jobs.
That was last year. This year, with the $15 minimum wage in effect, the hotel is moving forward with a multi-million dollar expansion anyway.
And what of Seattle, which will soon have easily the highest minimum wage of any major U.S. city?
Milbank’s column added these valuable insights.
In Seattle last week, I stopped in at the jammed Palace Kitchen, flagship of Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas, who runs upward of 15 establishments. He warned in April that the $15 wage could “be the most serious threat to our ability to compete,” and he predicted that “we would lose maybe a quarter of the restaurants in town.” Yet Douglas has opened, or announced, five new restaurants this year.
Likewise, the International Franchise Association has sued to block implementation of the law, arguing that nobody “in their right mind” would become a franchisee in Seattle. Yet Togo’s sandwiches, a franchise chain, is expanding into Seattle, saying the $15 wage isn’t a deterrent.
And a spokesman for Weyerhaeuser, the venerable wood and paper company, says the $15 wage didn’t factor into its decision, announced last month, to move its headquarters and 800 employees to Seattle from outside Tacoma.
It’s against this backdrop that the political debate continues to unfold. The White House made a minimum-wage increase the subject of its official weekly address over the weekend, and just last week, two Republican opponents of a wage hike – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate hopeful Rep. Tom Cotton – both started hedging on whether an increase is a good idea.

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