On March 2nd, 2015, 48,000 Oakland workers received a raise

March 3, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

Oakland workers, families, and our community took a giant leap forward in our quest for a true living wage and dignity in the workplace!

On March 2nd, 2015, 48,000 Oakland workers received a raise as the City’s new sweeping minimum wage law took effect, bumping people from $9 an hour to $12.25! 56,700 workers will also receive 5-9 paid sick days, depending on the size of their employer.

We showed the power of the people after winning a landslide of 81.7% of the Oakland vote on Measure FF last fall. The Lift Up Oakland Coalition –which EBASE was a founding member of– collected the 33,682 voter signatures to get the measure on the ballot and ran the volunteer effort to get out the vote.

Measure FF is a springboard to raising wages throughout the East Bay region so that we keep low-income residents in the area and address growing income inequality.

EBASE is looking to cities like Emeryville, Berkeley, Richmond, and Concord to do what we have done in Oakland. We also see $12.25 as an important stepping stone for Fast Food and Walmart workers who are courageously fighting for $15 an hour, full-time work, and respect in the workplace.

EBASE will be continuing its work to raise the floor on low-wage work and open the door to good jobs for all. Join us and get involved!

- Written by EBASE staff