Last week, the City of Mountain View became the latest city in Silicon Valley to raise its minimum wage.
Mountain View will now join San Jose at $10.30/hour, indexed to the Consumer Price Index, and has set a goal to raise the wage to $15.00 by 2018. Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga championed the effort, saying “Why not try to give folks a bit more in order to live…I know this (raise) means another meal, a better meal, pair of shoes to go to school in…this matters.”
The effort was spearheaded by the Raise the Wage Mountain View Coalition, a coalition of neighborhood residents and local community organizations pushing for a minimum wage increase for almost a year. Working Partnerships USA stood as a proud member of the coalition along with the hundreds of workers, residents, community organizations, and labor leaders including the South Bay Labor Council who turned out to support the ordinance and worked to make this win possible.
Mountain View is situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, where the tech industry has recently come under fire for its treatment of subcontracted tech workers.
Google is located in the city and would be covered by the ordinance. By raising the wage in Mountain View, and indexing the rate so that the minimum wage goes up as costs rise, the council and citizens have recognized that working families should earn a decent wage and have done what tech companies thus far have refused to do.
Working families simply cannot survive earning the current minimum wage. The average rent for a one-bedroom in Mountain View is over $2,082 a month and costs for other essentials like food, transportation, and healthcare keep rising.
WPUSA is proud of the city council for standing up for working families and vows to continue working to make Silicon Valley a valley of opportunity for all.