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Living wage wins in Sonoma County!

Living Wage advocates unfurled enlarged copies of petitions calling for a new $15 per hour rate as the 2200 regular size petitions were presented to County Supervisors Tuesday afternoon.
(Photo credit: Bruce Robinsoon, KRCB)

Living Wage advocates unfurled enlarged copies of petitions calling for a new $15 per hour rate as the 2200 regular size petitions were presented to County Supervisors Tuesday afternoon. (Photo credit: Bruce Robinsoon, KRCB)

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors yesterday voted unanimously for a living wage ordinance slated to affect nearly 1000 contracted workers paid with taxpayer dollars. Living wage supporters, led by North Bay Jobs with Justice, packed the room to overflowing with a level of engagement the Board had not seen before on the issue of poverty. The meeting lasted nearly five hours, with an outpouring of testimony on the importance of the issue and presentation of 2,200 petition signatures in support.

Santa Clara County passed its living wage ordinance last year but left out nearly 17,000 workers due to a legal technicality. The Board of Supervisors committed then to make it right and will face a vote on Tuesday, June 23, to follow through on that commitment.

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Congratulations to the workers and their allies in Sonoma County.

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