Poverty jobs are squeezing far too many women, people of color, and Silicon Valley families. We can change that.
Santa Clara County passed the most comprehensive living wage policy in the nation. This means:Get Involved
Hard-working employees of County contractors shouldn't live in poverty. By providing fair wages, healthcare and sick leave benefits, and steady full-time work, a living wage helps County workers join the middle class. For women — who are disproportionately concentrated in low-wage service occupations — the living wage provides access to quality jobs with equal pay. And by banning contractors from punishing employees who exercise their labor rights, a living wage policy gives workers a voice in their workplace.
A comprehensive living wage policy ensures taxpayer money serves the public interest. Workers who earn more, can take care of their health, and have predictable schedules provide more reliable service to our County. Decent wages mean contracted employees don't have to rely on the County's social safety net. Sick days and healthcare promote public health. And these benefits come without significantly raising costs — in other cities and counties, living wages have cost less than 0.1% of the jurisdiction's budget.
A living wage benefits far more than just the workers it directly covers. Workers with sick days can stay home with children and relatives when they get ill. Predictable schedules and flexible hours make it easier for parents to arrange reliable child care and be there for their kids. Business and our economy grow when workers have more money to spend in local stores. Local and targeted hiring practices help our diverse communities access quality jobs created by the living wage. And since women and minorities are disproportionately employed in low-wage jobs, improving wages and working conditions shrinks the gender gap and creates a more equitable Silicon Valley.
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