Action needed: Big living wage vote on August 11
Last December, you helped Santa Clara County pass the nation’s most comprehensive living wage policy, right here in the heart of Silicon Valley, for thousands of service employees who work for the County on contract.
On Tuesday, August 11, we have the chance to extend the same protections to nearly 17,000 employees of the County government. This is our chance to show that the momentum for living wage is unstoppable.
Tuesday, August 11
Board Chambers of the County Building
70 West Hedding, San Jose
Poverty is a many-headed beast and the comprehensive living wage policy attacks it with
- Fair compensation – an hourly wage of $19.06, plus earned sick days and incentives for health and retirement coverage
- Fair workweek – ending abusive schedules that force workers into last-minute lives
- Opportunity for our diverse, local workforce – like former foster youth and formerly incarcerated workers
- Voice at work – so that workers aren’t scared to stand up for their rights
But there’s even more on the line than nearly 17,000 workers and their families. The Silicon Valley living wage has blazed a trail: Today, Minneapolis is launching a campaign to protect many of these same rights for workers. And if Santa Clara County government can do it – the second largest employer in Silicon Valley – then so can the tech industry.
December’s ordinance protected service workers paid through the $2.25 billion that the County spends every year on contracts.
These County workers deserve the same.
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