Working Partnerships USA




Groundbreaking living wage clears final hurdle

By | December 9

In front of a crowd of supporters, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted Dec. 9 to approve a proposal from Supervisors Ken Yeager and Dave Cortese that makes sure that the living wage ordinance will be a comprehensive framework to attack poverty at its many roots. The Dec. 9 vote represents the last…

Bold new proposal for living wage – Dec. 9

By | November 20

Tuesday, December 9 9:45 a.m. County Building – Board Chambers 70 West Hedding, San Jose Can you be there and bring a friend? Loading… 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…

Big vote on November 18! Be there

By | November 12

The nation’s most comprehensive living wage is coming up for its most important vote yet. We need you there to show how huge the momentum behind this is. Can you be there and bring someone with you? Tuesday, Nov. 18 10:15 a.m. (note new time) County Building – Board Chambers 70 West Hedding, San Jose…

Living wage represents Silicon Valley’s pathway out of poverty

By | October 27

Reposted from the San Jose Mercury News. Please visit the original story to comment. By Luisa Blue and Michele Lew | Special to the Mercury News At a time when inequality in Silicon Valley has reached outrageous levels, what does it mean to be a good employer? The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is…

New report on Silicon Valley’s hourglass economy

By | October 14

Working Partnerships USA today released its new report, Setting Job Standards for a New Economy: An Innovative Living Wage for Silicon Valley.  The report reveals the staggering numbers of Silicon Valley residents struggling to get by and how a comprehensive living wage would change this picture.   Media coverage of the report: Silicon Valley Business…

Silicon Valley: Can You Survive?

By | October 10

Security officer Jorge makes $11.80/hour after 23 years on the job. Can you survive on that? Watch the video and take the interactive Living Wage Challenge, where you’ll learn what it’s like to try to get by in Silicon Valley on less than a living wage. Watch the video:   Take the challenge:

A little bit louder now… Your voice still needed!

By | August 26

“I get paid twice a month. One check goes to the rent, and one check goes to food, card bills, gas, PG&E and cell phone. I can’t afford losing one day of work; I don’t get benefits, I don’t get health insurance. I’m forced to work 16, 18 hours a day. We need a living…

Tell the County government why we need a living wage

By | August 7

Take action — tell the County government why a living wage matters for working families and our community! On Monday, August 25, the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission is holding two town hall meetings on the cost of living in Silicon Valley. Join us to tell the County government we need a living wage that provides fair wages, healthcare…

Fair workweek policies in the New York Times

By | July 15

Today the New York Times detailed the need for fair workweek policies like those in the Silicon Valley Living Wage: As more workers find their lives upended and their paychecks reduced by ever-changing, on-call schedules, government officials are trying to put limits on the harshest of those scheduling practices. The actions reflect a growing national movement —…

Living Wage in the Silicon Valley Business Journal

By | June 26

Feature article on our living wage proposal in the Silicon Valley Business Journal: A sweeping labor policy proposal winding through Santa Clara County’s political process could raise wages for public employees, require paid sick days for workers and implement a new labor-friendliness ranking for businesses based on benefits plans. While major metro areas like San Francisco,…

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