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Bold new proposal for living wage – Dec. 9

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Tuesday, December 9

9:45 a.m.

County Building – Board Chambers

70 West Hedding, San Jose

Can you be there and bring a friend?

Supporters came out in force on Tuesday, Nov. 18 to support a bold proposal by Supervisors Ken Yeager and Dave Cortese to move forward the nation’s most comprehensive living wage. Nearly 50 people representing over two dozen organizations waited steadfastly and participated in the national day of action for #SchedulesThatWork. Finally, as the golf course hearing that was scheduled before living wage passed the two hour mark, the Board voted to bring living wage back on December 9 when it will have sufficient time for a full discussion. More photos

The proposal from Supervisors Ken Yeager and Dave Cortese would ensure that the living wage ordinance attacks the many roots of poverty instead of taking a piecemeal approach, including

  • A wage that keeps pace with Silicon Valley’s cost of living
  • Access to more work hours for part-timers
  • Greater predictability in work schedules
  • Stronger incentives for retirement benefits
  • Equal opportunity for local and disadvantaged workers
  • Earned sick leave rights for LGBT couples and nontraditional families
  • Protections for workers’ voices on the job

And more.

Living wage supporters at yesterday’s meeting took part in a national day of social media action for #SchedulesThatWork, part of the growing national fair workweek movement. The Retail Workers Bill of Rights passed yesterday in San Francisco, like the proposed comprehensive living wage, will end abusive work schedules that leave workers scrambling for more hours and leading last-minute lives where they can’t plan for a second job, school, child care or health appointments.

Join us on December 9 to keep this movement spreading like wildfire!

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