Lift Up Oakland Gathers 33,000 Sigs for $12.25 Initiative

Lift Up Oakland, the union-backed campaign to raise Oakland’s hourly minimum wage next year from $8 to $12.25, submitted more than 33,600 signatures Friday to get their proposal on the November ballot.

The proposal also provides paid sick days and cost-of-living adjustments for the city’s lowest paid workers.

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_25829674/oakland-union-backed-campaign-raise-minimum-wage-seeks

Oakland Initiative for $12.25 Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days

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mnemonic here:  http://urlet.com/contained.allocation

UPDATE FEB 17 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Hundreds-Rally-in-Oakland-for-Increase-in-Minimum-Wage-245709161.html and http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2014/02/17/activists-push-for-raising-minimum-wage-in-oakland-to-1225-an-hour

Campaign underway to lift Oakland’s minimum wage

By Matthew Artz Oakland Tribune Posted:   02/09/2014 12:00:00 AM PST

OAKLAND — The growing movement to help workers at the bottom of the pay scale has come to Oakland as a union-backed coalition seeks to enact one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation.

A proposed November ballot measure would increase Oakland’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $12.25, with future increases tied to inflation. It also would guarantee at least five annual sick days for all workers.

“People are seeing that the economic health of our city depends on lifting up those who are not earning enough to pay for their basic necessities,” said Beth Trimarco, a member of the Lift Up Oakland coalition, which includes powerful labor union SEIU Local 1021.

Lift Up Oakland will officially kick off its signature gathering drive with a 9:30 a.m. rally Saturday at Fruitvale Village, 3301 E. 12th St. Signature gathering will begin at 11 a.m.

Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435.

Minimum Wages  San Francisco — $10.74  San Jose — $10.15  Oakland — $8

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25094197/campaign-underway-lift-oaklands-minimum-wage

Lift Up Oakland:

http://www.ufcwonline.com/lift-up-oakland

Fast Food Workers Strike in National Action for Economic Justice – Aug. 29, 2013

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New York City, via gothamist.com http://gothamist.com/2013/08/29/fast_food_workers_walk_out_to_fight.php 🙂

“Fast food workers are walking out on their jobs today to once again protest low wages, demand the right to unionize and fight for better working conditions. The strikes are occurring in 50 cities including New York City, where there are multiple walk-outs plus a rally planned.

The first walkout was at the McDonald’s at 341 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn was there, as was City Council Member and Public Advocate hopeful Letitia James. James invoked Martin Luther King Jr., quoting the civil rights leader, “It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.””

Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-restaurants-strike-20130828,0,3586222.story

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fast-food workers staged strikes at McDonald’s and Burger Kings and demonstrated at other stores in sixty U.S. cities on Thursday in their latest action in a nearly year-long campaign to raise wages in the service sector.

The strikes spread quickly across the country and have shut down restaurants in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Raleigh and Seattle, according to organizers.”

LA Times:   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fast-food-protests-hit-los-angeles-thursday-20130829,0,7294893.story

Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/fast-food-protest-chicago_n_3837419.html

the Guardian UK: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/29/fast-food-workers-low-pay-nationwide-walkout

KTVU San Francisco: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/fast-food-strike/nZf4X/

NBC 5 Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas:  http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Fast-Food-Workers-Join-Nationwide-Strike-221626461.html

Flint, Michigan:  http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/08/minimum_wage_protesters_in_fli.html

Occupy Oakland Brings Fast Food Workers “Fight for $15” to Oakland

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Recently hundreds of fast food workers participated in a wildcat strike in New York City to demand $15/dollars per hour. Now it looks like workers in Chicago are going for it as well. We need to Fight for Fifteen in Oakland!

Rampant gentrification and exploitation abounds in Oakland, with stores run by massively profitable corporations thriving off the labor of workers barely making minimum wage or more, but we know we can’t survive in this town on $8/hr. Bring this class tension to the forefront by fighting for a livable wage!

The May Day Fight for Fifteen assembly is planning for and publicizing a noise demo through downtown Oakland on May 1st aka May Day, the traditional holiday to commemorate workers’ struggles.

http://occupyoakland.org/ai1ec_event/on-may-day-fight-for-15/?instance_id=253364

Fight for 15 – Lucha por 15 WOCC: https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15 Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago

Fast Food Forward (NYC):  https://www.facebook.com/FastFoodForward