Our momentum is unstoppable! Partnership blazes path to nation’s highest minimum wage, an end to wage theft and improved rights for contract workers
Across the country, the Partnership for Working Families is raising the floor for low wage workers and pushing back on employer attempts to avoid direct responsibility for their workers’ wage, benefit, and safety standards. This week, we celebrate three exciting developments.
- Community Labor United leads charge to end wage theft
- Working Partnership USA scores another win for contract workers
- East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy wins highest minimum wage in nation
Working Partnerships USA and Silicon Valley Rising’s campaign that seeks to improve the standards for contract workers in the tech industry was bolstered yesterday by Facebook’s announcement: It now requires contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage, 3 weeks paid time off and $4,000 in support for new parents.
Ten years after the first hotel-living wage policy in the country passed in Emeryville, EBASE with its allies in the Lift Up East Bay Coalition led this effort – as well as last November’s election victory in Oakland to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 – pushing the momentum forward towards a regional minimum wage standard. “Emeryville is the mall of the East Bay with Ikea and Home Depot and the other big-box stores,” said Jennifer Lin, EBASE Deputy Director. “It means something to show these big multinational corporations that they need to pay their workers a livable wage.”
The Partnership’s 2x2 Campaign to improve 2 million lives in 2 years is gaining momentum. Over 150,000 workers in Seattle and Oakland got a raise earlier this year. Following Emeryville’s win, LAANE is leading the charge for a comprehensive policy to win a higher minimum wage, paid sick days and wage theft protections for 1 million workers in the City of Los Angeles. Many other Partnership cities are also campaigning to raise the wage, provide paid sick days, end wage theft, create career pipelines into good jobs and increase accessible transit and affordable housing.
- CLU | Community Labor United
- CPI | Center on Policy Initiatives
- EBASE | East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
- LAANE | Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
- POWER | Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild
- Puget Sound Sage
- The Partnership for Working Families
- WPUSA | Working Partnerships USA