By Nikki Fortunato Bas, Oakland Tribune My Word © 2015 Bay Area News Group
POSTED: 05/11/2015 01:44:19 PM PDT
In the Bay Area, we are innovators. We are the home to high tech, slow food, and a wide range of social causes. And we are now reaching a tipping point on innovation on the minimum wage. The public overwhelmingly supports raising wages because we know that if workers such as Shonda Roberts are innovative enough to figure out how to survive on $1,000 a month, surely business is innovative enough to figure out how to pay a few extra bucks an hour.
From Los Angeles to New York, Seattle to Boston, and many places in between, the Partnership for Working Families and our affiliates have developed some of the most successful local hire programs in the country.
Affiliate LAANE recently honored Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and a founding board member of the Partnership for Working Families. In this inspiring video, GP Rigmaiden describes his personal journey in America’s Land of Opportunity from serving as an apprentice to becoming unanimously elected to the office of the president by the IUPAT.
The Partnership for Working Families is working with a dynamic coalition of community and labor organizations in Nashville to ensure more accountable development in one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Seattle has seen developers and investors cash in on developing the city’s neighborhoods as residents were priced out and pushed from their homes. That is why since its inception, affiliate Puget Sound Sage has advocated for a mandatory inclusionary zoning program. In Sage’s vision, when developers build, the city must capture a public value from this growth in the form of affordable housing.
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Building a New Economy for All
- Building a powerful network of urban affiliates
- Forming strong alliances with organizations and advocates
- Winning campaigns to bring good, safe jobs to low income communities & communities of color
Resulting in green cities, and healthier living for working families