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Living wage wins at Silicon Valley’s second largest employer

By | August 11

Today the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the nation’s most comprehensive living wage to the 17,000 workers employed directly by the County government. This expands the original ordinance we passed in December, which covered for-profit contractors doing business with the County. Now, we need your help to create good jobs in…

Action needed: Big living wage vote on August 11

By | August 6

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…

Big announcements by Clinton and T-Mobile as Santa Clara County is poised for action

By | June 15

Update: The vote on whether to extend living wage to County employees was deferred to August 11, 2015. RSVP here to show your support in August! —– The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote next week on extending living wage protections to nearly 17,000 workers as momentum for this kind of…

Living wage wins in Sonoma County!

By | June 10

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…

Fair Workweek Hits the Assembly Floor

By | June 1

Santa Clara County blazed the trail with our living wage policy that requires contractors to give their employees at least two weeks of notice about their work schedules.  Without that, workers can’t plan child care, education, medical appointments, let alone a second job. Now, the Fair Scheduling Act (AB 357 Chiu/Weber) would require all major…

17,000 workers one step closer to living wage, new report underscores urgency

By | May 12

December 2014’s living wage ordinance made Santa Clara County the first in the nation to bar its service subcontractors – like janitorial, laundry, security and cooks – from abusive work scheduling practices like erratic and inflexible hours. At that time, the County promised to extend the same protections to its own 17,000 employees. Today, after…

Living Wage: a Model for Tech

By | March 10

Supporters of Silicon Valley Rising hold signs at the coalition’s launch. (Photo by Tri Nguyen) The New Silicon Valley Movement That Is Taking on the Tech Giants In the neighborhood where Cesar Chavez got his start, janitors, cooks and shuttle drivers are organizing to end the area’s inequality epidemic. By Gabriel Thompson, March 10, 2015 Reposted…

Sonoma County looks to Silicon Valley Living Wage as a model

By | March 8

Sonoma County wage-raise advocates look to models in other counties BY MATT BROWN Reposted from THE PRESS DEMOCRAT March 7, 2015, 2:21PM Louise Auerhahn’s first job is convincing people there is a problem. She is a labor advocate, lobbying for higher wages for low and middle class workers in Santa Clara County, a community with…

Victory!

By | December 16

In front of a crowd of dozens of supporters, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted this morning to make Silicon Valley home to the nation’s most comprehensive living wage ordinance. The County employs 17,000 workers and spends over $2.2 every year on contracts. This is a massive job footprint, yet 1 in 3…

Living wage violator owes $19.2 million to workers and taxpayers

By | December 10

The second largest waste and recycling company in the world owes more than $19 million to San Jose residents and local workers. The City ordered Republic Services a year ago to pay back wages and fines for violating wage law, but they have flouted the order, refused to pay, and continued shorting their workers, saying…

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