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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.
Last night we packed the house at the AFL-CIO in Washington DC to launch the 2x2 Campaign, our plan to improve the lives of two million people in the next two years. Setting an ambitious, measurable goal for our work reflects our commitment to having real impact, and having it soon. Listening to Richard Trumka, Tefere Gebre, Mary Kay Henry, Darlene Lombos, Deborah Scott, Bob Shull and Bishop Dwanye Royster talk about our plan last night, I can see that commitment is broadly shared in our movement.
Making progressive change begins in our cities. Cities are where income inequality is most concentrated, and where we’re challenging it by creating living wage jobs and high road economic development. Cities are where we can build resiliency through new investment in transit, waste systems, and energy efficiency. And, cities are where we’re organizing a permanent base of low income, people of color, union and environmental voters to ensure our cites’ decisions reflect our communities’ values.
The Partnership for Working Families and its Honorary Committee and Host Committee are pleased to invite you to a reception to launch our ambitious 2x2 Campaign on Thursday, January 29th, 5:30 – 7:30pm at the AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, DC. Help us advance our shared vision of building power to reshape our economy, improve our environment and rebuild our democracy for workers and communities. REGISTER NOW!
November 15 is America Recycles Day. Like me, you might wonder what recycling is really about. Is it just making sure to use the right bin? Is it just taking personal responsibility for our planet’s health? That’s part of it: we all discard or recycle something we no longer need every day. Americans throw out about 7 lbs of garbage a day. Recycling reduces waste, but there’s also the potential to transform trash into justice.
Regardless of how you feel about this week's election results overall, there’s no doubt that when voters got a chance to decide on working family issues, we won big. We won on minimum wage, paid sick days, mass transit, and democracy. We also achieved important gains in criminal justice reform and healthcare reform. Across our network, our affiliates organized hundreds of thousands of voters around key issues that concretely impact our lives.
- Detroiters seek benefits as development booms in city, The Detroit News
- Kingsbridge Armory ice center nets $30M infusion, Crain’s New York Business
- Developer, city finalize lease to turn vacant Kingsbridge Armory into ice center, New York Daily News
- Letter: Find the win-win in community benefits, Detroit News
- DEGC chief to council: Don't derail Detroit's recovery, Detroit Free Press
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 Board of Directors of FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities recently announced that Felicia Griffin will be taking the helm as the organization’s new Executive Director. Felicia has been with FRESC for almost two years and most recently has been serving as Interim Executive Director. Felicia has led and served in the social justice movement for the last fifteen years in Colorado and in New Mexico.