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For decades, the high technology economy in Silicon Valley has eroded the region’s middle class, distributing income in an hourglass shape that leaves massive numbers of workers trapped at the bottom in low wage, dead end, service occupations. A “next generation” living wage policy in the county government would change this picture for thousands of workers and their families.
Hundreds of San Diegans came out to show their support for the announcement in Civic Center Plaza under the banner of “Raise Up San Diego,” a broad-based community coalition that includes the Center on Policy Initiatives.
On March 20, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted to override the veto by the County Executive and pass a Living Wage Ordinance ensuring employees of county contractors will be paid $11.23 an hour. The ordinance will directly impact nearly 9,000 workers.
A new study by Puget Sound Sage concludes that a $15/hour minimum wage would create large scale benefits for women and people of color in Seattle, and effectively narrow the city's gender and race pay gaps. In a policy brief released recently, Puget Sound Sage examines the potential outcomes of a $15 minimum wage on the local economy, assesses outcomes by industry sector, and demonstrates that a $15 minimum wage (with a phase-in only approach) is the single best option to reduce Seattle's gender and race pay gap.
Jackie Cornejo, Director of the Don’t Waste LA campaign, and Hays Witt, the Partnership’s Transforming Trash Campaign Director, will be on the Union Edge radio show tomorrow discussing the good jobs and zero waste implications of Don’t Waste LA’s recent win at City Hall. You can listen live on Friday, April 11, at 2:45 Eastern, and we will have a link to the show on our website afterwards.
“This is one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the world and will provide clean air, good jobs and recycling for all.” –Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Daily News
By a 12-1 vote of City Council, the City of Los Angeles just passed the new Zero Waste LA policy championed by LAANE and the Don't Waste LA Coalition!
Port trucking companies labeling employee truckers as independent contractors break state and U.S. laws and cost the country billions of dollars, a study said. A joint report released Wednesday indicated about 49,000 of the nation's 75,000 port truck drivers were misclassified as independent contractors, violating state and federal labor and tax laws, including provisions covering wage-and-hour standards, income taxes, unemployment insurance, union-related matters and workers' compensation.
Now more than ever, low-income communities of color need a foothold in the economy. The Partnership and our colleagues at National Employment Law Project (NELP) have teamed up to share policy tools for removing barriers and gaining access to job opportunities for those who need them most. On October 23, NELP and the Partnership hosted “Putting Our Communities Back to Work: targeted hire and ban the box policies,” a webinar attended by hundreds of people in cities across the country.
Partnership Executive Director Leslie Moody has been recognized as a Democracy Champion by National Priorities Project (NPP). NPP recognized Moody, one of 32 allies and partners from across the country, “for exemplary leadership and tenacious commitment to the democratic ideals upon which our nation was founded.”