Blogging the Eureka Fair Wage Act

Wage Hike Proposal Headed to Eureka City Council

North Coast Journal, Ryan Burns, Mar. 8, 2013

Here’s a ray of hope for people working at Eureka’s Taco Bell. Or Wal-Mart. Or any other business in the city that pays workers as little as the law will tolerate:

A petition to boost Eureka’s minimum wage to $12 an hour has received enough valid signatures to be presented to the City Council at its March 19 meeting. or:


Take the poll at KIEM! Raise wages in Eureka!

Feb. 12, 2013

Too Old to Play Full Court

Feb. 11, 2013

George Clark & Linda Atkins 2008 Campaign Statement on the Need to Raise the Minimum Wage in Eureka

Feb. 9, 2013

“George Clark and Linda Atkins believe in building our economy from the ground up.  Raising wages in Eureka, which are so far below the state average, is the right and fair thing to do for Eureka’s working families. When the spending power of working families goes up, so does morale, which leads to productivity boosts, lowers job turnover, all in an ongoing “virtuous cycle,” and everyone benefits.  Furthermore, increased spending by Eureka’s workers creates more demand for products, helping businesses while creating more jobs in the process.”

Eureka Wages Going Up?

February 8, 2013

Fair Wage Folks Turn in Signatures at Eureka City Hall for $12 Minimum Wage Ordinance

February 8, 2013 and:

Last week of signature gathering for Eureka Fair Wage Act

January 26, 2013

Eureka Fair Wage Act

January 19, 2013

Occupy Minimum Wage

January 17, 2013

Benefit for Eureka Fair Wage Act; Rooster McClintock, Jan 19

January 8, 2013 and and

Benefit for Fair Wages

January 7, 2013

“Fair Wage Cafe” next Saturday

December 8, 2012

Fair Wage Graphic Contest offers $100 reward

December 1, 2012

Eureka Fair Wage Act — What do people think?

November 26, 2012

Group seeks Eureka Fair Wage Act

September 30, 2012

The Drive For Fair Wages in Eureka

September 8, 2012

“After being out for two or three sessions of sig gathering for the Eureka Fair Wage Act  I can say that I am stoked about how well people are taking to the message.  It is very easy to get people to sign, and it is fun.  We are meeting lots of new people and making new friends.  Some people are saying “$12.00 an hour?  HELL YEAH!”  Some folks are thanking us for the work we are doing!”   “We are fixing what is broken.”


August 14, 2012

Eureka Fair Wage Act

August 13, 2012

We File

July 26, 2012

The Fair Wage Proponents

July 26, 2012

The initiative proponents

Fair Wage Initiative Filed in Eureka California

July 26, 2012

Eureka Fair Wage Act

July 20, 2012

Eureka Fair Wage Act Initiative

July 19, 2012


Fair Wage Folks Turn in Signatures at Eureka City Hall for $12 Minimum Wage Ordinance

 For Immediate Release 2/8/13

 Fair Wage Folks Turn in Signatures at Eureka City Hall for $12 Minimum Wage Ordinance

Media Contact: James Decker (707) 761-5247

Eureka, CA: On Thursday afternoon, February 7th, the “Fair Wage folks” submitted about 2,700 petition signatures to qualify the Eureka Fair Wage Act (aka Minimum Wage Ordinance) for the city ballot. This people’s initiative, if passed by voters, would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $12 for large employers to pay their workers in the city limits.

The Fair Wage folks thank the people of Eureka and throughout the county for their warm support and look forward to winning a fairer wage this year.

The Eureka City Clerk and the Humboldt County Elections Office have up to 30 days to report as to the sufficiency of the petitions. Once certified, the Eureka City Council can choose to pass the Fair Wage Act as written or to set an election for a vote of the people.

“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.”

– Chris Rock

Full Text of Fair Wage Act




graphics/artists info & credits:

KIEM Ch. 3:

North Coast Journal:

Chris Hedges: We Need a National Movement to Raise the Minimum Wage!

Chris Hedges via

“Debt peonage is a fundamental tool for control. This debt peonage must be broken if we are going to build a mass movement to paralyze systems of corporate power. And the most effective weapon we have to liberate ourselves as well as the 30 million Americans who make up the working poor is a sustained movement to raise the minimum wage nationally to at least $11 an hour. Most of these 30 million low-wage workers are women and people of color. They and their families struggle at a subsistence level and play one lender off another to survive. By raising their wages we raise not only the quality of their lives but we increase their capacity for personal and political power. We break one of the most important shackles used by the corporate state to prevent organized resistance.

Ralph Nader, whom I spoke with on Thursday, has been pushing activists to mobilize around raising the minimum wage. Nader, who knows more about corporate power and has been fighting it longer than any other American, has singled out, I believe, the key to building a broad-based national movement. There is among these underpaid 30 million workers—and some of them are with us tonight—a mounting despair at being unable to meet even the basic requirements to maintain a family. Nader points out that Walmart’s 1 million workers, like most of the 30 million low-wage workers, are making less per hour, adjusted for inflation, than workers made in 1968, although these Walmart workers do the work required of two Walmart workers 40 years ago.

If the federal minimum wage from 1968 were adjusted for inflation it would be $10.50. Instead, although costs and prices have risen sharply, the federal minimum wage remains stuck at $7.25 an hour. It is the lowest of the major industrial countries.”

Last Day to Sign! Contact or 442-7465

Last day to sign the Eureka Fair Wage Act!

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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We are down to the end. The last few days of the signature gathering for the Eureka Fair Wage Act. We are going to need all hands on deck for one last run. We need to break the 15% barrier to get on the ballot in June. That means we need to bust out at Arts Alive this Saturday night, February 2nd. Weather permitting we need to cover all the spots in Old Town that we can from 6 to 9 pm. We are on the verge of a tremendous accomplishment, getting The “Minimum Wage Ordinance*” on the ballot. Many of you have helped make that happen. A small group of people coming together around the idea of making things better for working class people are one step closer to getting raises for 1400 people in our little town of Eureka. With one more all out effort, we will get over the top and trigger an election for June of 2013.

*Also known as the Fair Wage Act