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One year anniversary of minimum wage increase in San Jose
by Yasmine Mahmoud Mar 11, 2014
Yasmine Mahmoud | Spartan Daily Verbena Lea of Eureka, Calif., speaks at an event Tuesday about raising the minimum wage in cities across the state. The press conference was held in honor of the first anniversary of the $10 minimum wage in San Jose.
The San Jose State Campus Alliance for Economic Justice (CAFE J) held a press conference Tuesday at noon to discuss the impact of the minimum wage increase in San Jose.
CAFE J celebrated the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the $10 minimum wage in San Jose.
Leaders from six Calif. cities spoke about why they are leading efforts to raise the minimum wage in their cities.
Melissa Mejia, a member of CAFE J and Mountain View native helped coordinate the event.
“It’s important how… we were able to do something on a huge level just for San Jose, and if we can get to to citywide and even to statewide, it would be a good thing,” she said.
Verbena Lea, a proponent of the Eureka Fair Wage act, traveled from Eureka to attend the conference.
“We at the podium were really inspired by the San Jose State sociology class that essentially campaigned, wrote the whole Measure D that got passed here with more help from people in the community,” Lea said.
The Eureka Fair Wage Act, which [will raise -ED] raised the minimum wage from $8 to $12, was modeled after San Jose’s Measure D, Lea said.
“We are in solidarity with any place that is trying to raise their minimum wage,” Lea said. “We think it’s important to support and show that it’s a growing movement and that people are doing it all over California.”
Bernie Goldsmith, co-chair of the Raise the Wage Davis campaign, spoke at the event to thank San Jose for its original effort of championing minimum wage increases.
“The people who spoke before me were evidence that the work done in San Jose was being watched by the world,” Goldsmith said.
Minimum wage movement representatives from Berkeley, Davis, Eureka, Mountain View, Richmond, Oakland, San Francisco and Sunnyvale attended and/or spoke at the event.
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Throughout history, women and men in the labor movement have struggled to gain power in an economy that often seems to work against them, placing profit over people. For the past hundred years, the United States has seen great strides in workers’ rights, from the formation of unions, the eight-hour workday, child labor laws, and the creation of a minimum wage. Despite these gains, there exists a growing population of working poor, people who work full-time jobs, yet are unable to meet their most basic needs, including housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation. As traditional tactics and union influence become less effective, workers and advocates of workers’ rights are creating new and innovative strategies, which are being implemented in movements for a living wage.
Marching on Walmart
Earlier on Thursday, miles away from the state Capitol, a group of single mothers marched in sub-zero temperatures to a Walmart store in Brooklyn Center. They called on the company to pay living wages to its employees and enact family-friendly policies to lift women and their children out of poverty.
Two out of three minimum wage workers are women, nearly four of 10 are women of color – and these women are disproportionately single mothers.
The demonstrators included Jacquita Berens, a single mother of three, who is a full-time student and works two full-time jobs. She is not a Walmart employee but has family and friends who work minimum wage jobs at the giant retailer.
On Wednesday, Target was in the spotlight for the low wages paid to the workers who clean its stores. Demonstrators marched through the downtown Minneapolis skyways and walked silently, fists raised, through the Nicollet Mall Target store.
“I am a single mother of five children trying to get by on the $8 an hour I am paid to clean a Target store,” said Maricela Flores. “It must be difficult for the CEO of Target, Gregg Steinhafel, to understand what it is like to be paid such low wages. In 2012 Mr. Steinheffel made over $9,900 an hour – he does not have to live the constant reality of choosing between paying rent, food, clothes, healthcare, etc.
“We are calling on Mr. Steinheffel to take the ‘Working America Minimum Wage Challenge’and live on $7.25 an hour for one week to understand what we face.”