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Mountain View city council votes to up minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018 | KLIV 1590 Silicon Valley News

A wage hike schedule that would see Mountain View’s minimum wage hit $15 an hour by 2018 has been approved by the city council. On a 5-2 vote, the council approved a plan that would see Mountain

Source: Mountain View city council votes to up minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018 | KLIV 1590 Silicon Valley News

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Palo Alto City Council Committee recommends $15 minimum wage by 2018 – Silicon Valley Business Journal

Take a look at what’s next for the city’s fight for $15, after the city council’s Policy and Services Committee endorsed the goal to raise the minimum wage to that hourly level by 2018.

Source: Palo Alto City Council Committee recommends $15 minimum wage by 2018 – Silicon Valley Business Journal

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Mountain View City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage | NBC Bay Area

Thousands of employees in the South Bay will soon be getting a raise.

Source: Mountain View City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage | NBC Bay Area

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Silicon Valley minimum wage workers feeling the bite of Bay Area inflation – Silicon Valley Business Journal

San Jose minimum wage workers are set to lose $900 in 2016 because of a small change made in 2012 to the city’s wage law.

Source: Silicon Valley minimum wage workers feeling the bite of Bay Area inflation – Silicon Valley Business Journal

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Silicon Valley minimum wage workers feeling the bite of Bay Area inflation – Silicon Valley Business Journal

San Jose minimum wage workers are set to lose $900 in 2016 because of a small change made in 2012 to the city’s wage law.

Source: Silicon Valley minimum wage workers feeling the bite of Bay Area inflation – Silicon Valley Business Journal

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Raise the Wage San Jose | A New Minimum Wage for a Renewed Economy Starts at $10/hr

Source: Raise the Wage San Jose | A New Minimum Wage for a Renewed Economy Starts at $10/hr

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Silicon Valley takes regional approach to raising minimum wage

KGO – Individual cities around the Bay Area have chosen to raise the minimum wage, but in the Silicon Valley there is a regional approach to paying workers more.

Source: Silicon Valley takes regional approach to raising minimum wage

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Silicon Valley takes regional approach to raising minimum wage | abc7news.com

Individual cities around the Bay Area have chosen to raise the minimum wage, but in the Silicon Valley there is a regional approach to paying workers more.

Source: Silicon Valley takes regional approach to raising minimum wage | abc7news.com

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Report: Wages in Santa Clara County 60 percent higher than national average | abc7news.com

According to the just released report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from May of last year, workers in Santa Clara County earn on average $36.43 an hour. That’s 60% above the U.S. average.

Source: Report: Wages in Santa Clara County 60 percent higher than national average | abc7news.com

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Santa Clara County supervisors consider raising city’s minimum wage to $11 an hour | abc7news.com

The city of Santa Clara is moving forward with a minimum wage increase, but some people are concerned it will drive business out of the city.

Source: Santa Clara County supervisors consider raising city’s minimum wage to $11 an hour | abc7news.com

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Silicon Valley’s Minimum Wage Success Story | Al Jazeera America

Businesses concerned with minimum wage increases need look no further than tech’s capital

Source: Silicon Valley’s Minimum Wage Success Story | Al Jazeera America

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California minimum wage hits $9 on July 1; Silicon Valley workers get a raise – Silicon Valley Business Journal

Low-wage workers in most Silicon Valley cities will see slightly bigger paychecks after a July 1 increase in California’s minimum wage to $9 an hour from the $8 an hour set in 2008.

Source: California minimum wage hits $9 on July 1; Silicon Valley workers get a raise – Silicon Valley Business Journal

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In San Jose, higher minimum wage pays benefits

San Jose has boosted its minimum hourly wage from $8 to $10.15 since last year, making it a possible testing ground for a proposed increase in the federal pay floor.

Source: In San Jose, higher minimum wage pays benefits

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Palo Alto looks to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2018 | News | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto joined a regional trend Tuesday when a City Council committee endorsed a minimum wage of $15 per hour starting in 2018.

Source: Palo Alto looks to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2018 | News | Palo Alto Online |

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Palo Alto looks to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2018 | News | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto joined a regional trend Tuesday when a City Council committee endorsed a minimum wage of $15 per hour starting in 2018.

Source: Palo Alto looks to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2018 | News | Palo Alto Online |

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Palo Alto prepares to raise minimum wage | News | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto is a relative latecomer when it comes to establishing a minimum wage, but a new proposal that the City Council is set to discuss Monday, Aug. 24, looks to place the city ahead of the regional pack.

Source: Palo Alto prepares to raise minimum wage | News | Palo Alto Online |

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Labor union SEIU-United Health Workers West gathered 366,000 signatures for minimum wage initiative to boost pay to $15 an hour – San Francisco Business Times

SEIU-United Health Workers West announced they have the 336,000 signatures needed to place on the November 2016 ballot an initiative to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Source: Labor union SEIU-United Health Workers West gathered 366,000 signatures for minimum wage initiative to boost pay to $15 an hour – San Francisco Business Times

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Palo Alto: Council sets minimum wage at $11 – San Jose Mercury News

Minimum wage workers in Palo Alto can look forward to a pay raise come Jan. 1 after the City Council approved a wage hike Monday for the first time in the city’s history.

Source: Palo Alto: Council sets minimum wage at $11 – San Jose Mercury News

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The Raise the Wage Movement in Silicon Valley

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Top Ten Arguments for Raising the Minimum Wage

 

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Top Ten Arguments for Raising the Minimum Wage | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

Fast food workers and their supporters at a “Fight for 15” rally at McDonald’s in Chicago on July 31, 2013.  (Photo: flickr/cc)

One.   Seven Nobel Laureates in Economics endorse the higher minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016, saying it does not lead to lower fewer jobs.

Two.   Job losses from raising the minimum wage are negligible.  Minimum wage has already been raised 23 times.  Every time it was raised it was opposed by some few who said “it is going to lose jobs and wreck the economy” which is factually untrue as study after study has proven.

Three.    It is a myth that small business owners can’t afford to pay their workers more, and therefore don’t support an increase in the minimum wage.  In fact, a June 2014 survey found that more than 3 out of 5 small business owners support increasing the minimum wage to $10.10.

Four.    The value of the minimum wage has fallen dramatically.   Since the minimum wage was last raised in 2009, the price of apples went up 16%, bacon 67%, cheddar cheese 21%, coffee 27%, ground beef 39%, and milk 21%.  The minimum wage went up 0%.  Plus, in the 1960s the minimum wage was essentially half the average wage.  If that was still the case it would be $12.50 an hour.

Five.   Saying we have a “free market” that will take care of workers is a myth.  No corporations rely on the mythical “free market,” why should workers? Corporations lobby like crazy all the time in Washington DC and before every state and local government for direct and indirect public assistance.  All levels of government provide widespread corporate welfare so why not provide some help to low wage workers?  Examples? The Wall Street bailout cost over $200 billion.  Fifty billionaires received taxpayer funded farm subsidies in past 2 decades.  Corporate jet subsidy is $3 billion a year.  Special tax breaks for hedge fund managers allow them to pay only 15% tax rate, while the people they invest for pay twice that much and their secretaries pay a higher percentage.  The home mortgage deduction is $70 billion a year, with 77% going to people with incomes of over $100,000 per year.  Giving workers more money is small potatoes compared with what corporations and the rich are receiving all the time.

Six.  In fact, one way to look at this is that low minimum wage laws are government subsidies to low wage businesses. What do working people do if they do not have enough to eat or get sick or need housing?  They turn to government for public benefits.  For example in the fast food industry alone research by the University of Illinois and UC Berkeley documents that taxpayers pay about $243 billion each year in indirect subsidies to the fast food industry because they pay wages so low that taxpayers must put up $243 billion to pay for public benefits for their workers.

Seven.  There is widespread religious support for living wages.  Catholic support for living wages has been taught since 1891.  In 1940, US Catholic Bishops stated:  “The first claims of labor, WHICH TAKES PRIORITY OVER ANY CLAIMS OF THE OWNERS TO PROFITS, respects the right to a living wage.”  Protestant churches have been on the record supporting living wages since 1908.  Religious support for living wages has a long history and has been recently been reaffirmed by the Episcopal Church, the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, the Presbyterian Church, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Methodist Church.

Eight.  Worker productivity has gone up much faster than wages.  Using the 1968 minimum wage as benchmark, if the minimum wage grew at same rate as worker productivity it would have reached $21.72 per hour.

Nine.  It is a myth that the minimum wage is only for teens and entry level workers.   Raising the minimum wage to $10 would impact over 15 million workers.  4.7 million working moms would get a raise if we raise it to $10.10.  As would 2.6 million working dads for a total of 7 million parents.

Ten.  There is widespread bipartisan support for raising the minimum wage.  In a 2015 poll,75% of Americans, including 53% of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage to $12.50 by 2020.

Bonus point.   You know the minimum wage is too low when….WALMART announces it will raise its minimum wage to $10 an hour by February next year.

As President Franklin Roosevelt said in 1933: “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.”

Bill Quigley is Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans.  He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for years. He volunteers with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau de Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port au Prince. Contact Bill at quigley77@gmail.com

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