For some reason I got half a dozen hits on this old KMUD radio interview from 2008 so I repost it. Anyway my interview begins about 10 mins in. In the interview I discuss the reasons for the living wage intiative and give credit to the people behind it. Before that is an interview with DA Paul Gallegos.
Archive for Eureka Fair Compensation Act
After 75 Years, the Working Poor Still Struggle for a Fair Wage
By ADAM COHEN
Published: June 17, 2008
At the height of the Great Depression, industry convinced President Franklin Roosevelt and Congress to enact a law allowing companies to collude to drive up prices. To balance out this giveaway to big business, the law gave workers something that they had long been fighting for: the first federal minimum wage.
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the National Industrial Recovery Act — which Roosevelt signed June 16, 1933, at the end of his famous first 100 days — and of the federal minimum wage.
ensuring that people who work hard can achieve a reasonable standard of living.
The minimum wage continues to have powerful enemies. Businesses that pay low wages lobby strongly against increases, arguing that they cause jobs to disappear. The Bush administration has been hostile. When Elaine Chao was nominated to be the next labor secretary, she called for states to be able to opt out of the federal minimum wage — which would destroy the whole idea of a national minimum wage.
the minimum wage — which reaches $7.25 an hour in 2009 — is still far below where it was in the 1960s, in real dollars.
The minimum wage can play a vital role in lifting hard-working families above the poverty line. But as Roosevelt understood, it is also about something larger: what kind of country America wants to be.
“A self-supporting and self-respecting democracy,” he said in the Congressional message that accompanied the Fair Labor Standards Act, can plead “no economic reason for chiseling workers’ wages.”
Help for Eureka’s Working Poor:
Local Living Wage Ordinance Not Local
UPDATE this event cancelled. Sorry.
Clarke Plaza, Saturday June 14th, Signature Gather, Free Concert, Living Wage
I will be out gathering signatures in the area of Clarke Plaza at 3rd and E Streets in Eureka tomorrow, saturday June 14th form noon til 2 pm. There will be live music there.
I will be gathering signatures for both the Eureka Fair Compensation Act ( a $10.00 an hour minimum wage that is desperately needed by our working people) and for the Eureka Youth Protection Act (to end themilitary recruitment of our children under 18 in Eureka.) Our
brothers and sisters in Arcata have already validated their initiative and we need to do the same.
Please come join me if you wish to become involved. We need unpaid volunteers that can spend 2 to 3 hours per week gathering signatures in public spaces. You must be a registered voter within the Eureka city limits to gather signatures, though others may help us in other
thank you and have a peaceful day,
PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND COMRADES IN EUREKA
Below is a story of interest to the living wage movement:
Court: Cintas Corp. ignored Hayward work laws
Tyche Hendricks, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, June 13, 2008
In a precedent-setting ruling for cities across California, a state appeals court this week upheld Hayward’s living wage ordinance as constitutional and ordered Cintas Corp., a laundry business that had contracted with the East Bay city, to pay $1.4 million in back wages, interest and penalties to 219 workers.
Help for Eureka’s Working Poor:
You are invited to join the Eureka Living Wage Discussion at Yahoogroups!
You may join by visiting the groups web address at:
and click the “join” link or you can subscribe via email by sending a blank email to :
and then reply to the confirmation email. Anonymous email subscriptions are fine.
Group Email Addresses
Do you own a business in Eureka and do you already pay your employees $10.00 an hour or more? We know that many local businesses already pay their employees a decent wage. If you do, please let us know and we will happily plug your business on one of our websites for free.
WE THE PEOPLE behind the drive to raise the minimum wage in Eureka SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES.
Although this ordinance is obviously designed to help our low paid brothers and sisters we believe that it will benefit local businesses as well because it will put more money in the hands of YOUR CUSTOMERS. Wages paid locally STAY LOCAL. It will discourage big box retailers from coming here. It will force large national chains to pay wages competitive to what you are paying now. It will raise sales tax revenue for the city. Your employees will be happier.
In addition to featuring your business on our website we also have window placards available for you to display.
You can find more information on the Eureka Fair Compensation Act and
the Living Wage Movement at the following sites:
Please feel free to forward this email to your contacts in Eureka who may find it of interest.
Have a peaceful day,
INITIATIVE MEASURE TO BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE VOTERS
The City Attorney of Eureka has prepared the following title and summary of the chief purpose and points of the proposed measure:
AN INITIATIVE TO ESTABLISH A MINIMUM WAGE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES WORKING IN THE CITY OF EUREKA
If approved by the voters, this initiative would enact an ordinance requiring most employers to pay a special higher minimum wage for employees working within the geographical boundaries of the City of Eureka. Beginning on January 1, 2009, that wage would be not less than $10.00-per-hour. Beginning January 1, 2010, that wage would be tied to go up with any increases in the California state minimum wage (currently $8.00-per-hour), plus $2.00-per-hour. Non-profit corporations and businesses that employ fewer than ten persons during a given week would be required to pay employees $9.00-per-hour beginning January 1, 2009; $9.50-per-hour beginning January 1, 2010; and $10.00-per-hour beginning January 11, 2011. The ordinance, if approved, would be implemented and enforced by the City of Eureka’s Community Development Department, which would have the ability to levy administrative citations against employers found to be in violation of the ordinance. Additionally, the ordinance would be subject to civil enforcement by the City Attorney or any qualified members of the public. All or any portion of the ordinance would not apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement with differing terms. The ordinance would require all employers to post, in a conspicuous place, the current minimum wage rate and the employees’ rights under the ordinance, with a translation in any other language spoken by at least five percent of the employees at the workplace or job site. The ordinance would also require employers to retain payroll records for a period of four years and provide for inspections of those records. The ordinance would also prohibit retaliation by any employer against any employee for exercising his or her rights under the ordinance.
City of Vallejo’s $100K-plus Earners
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Recent Chronicle coverage of the Vallejo budget crisis:
Vallejo’s fire union partied on city’s dime March 12, 2008
A closer look at Vallejo’s woes March 10, 2008
Vallejo City Council OKs short-term budget fix March 4, 2008
Vallejo budget agreement to avoid bankruptcy March 2, 2008
Vallejo, unions set cost-cutting deal February 29, 2008
Vallejo in danger of declaring bankruptcy February 21, 2008