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By The Left Hook

City of San Jose

Initial staff report on Mayor Liccardo, Councilmembers Jones and Nguyen’s call for study on impacts of $15 minimum wage in San Jose

Staff will present a verbal report with their initial analysis on the previously recommended direction from the August 13, 2015 memorandum from the Mayor, Councilmember Jones and Councilmember M. Nguyen.

The memo presented by Mayor Liccardo and Councilmembers Jones and Nguyen on August 13th recommend that an independent economist or economics firm be hired to assess the net economic benefit of an increased minimum wage to current wage earners at or near minimum wage and on San Jose residents; the impact on small businesses; and the likely aggregate job loss/creation as a result of a minimum wage increase, among other potential consequences of an increase.

Where: San Jose Rules and Open Government Committee and Committee of the Whole

When:  September 2, 2015 at 2:00pm

Link to item: https://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?meta_id=530565

Link to agenda: https://sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/45958

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17 Years of Labor in the Pulpit

By The Left Hook

This year marks the 17th anniversary of Labor in the Pulpit/Labor on the Bimah/Labor in the Minbar in Silicon Valley.  Over Labor Day weekend, community leaders, civil rights advocates and union members will be addressing congregations and parishes across Santa Clara County  to celebrate the historic partnership between the labor and faith communities. This year, the message will center around income inequality in Silicon Valley. The Valley is home to companies that rely on our working families to generate billions of dollars yet those same families struggling to make ends meet. Silicon Valley Rising, a coalition of faith, labor, and community-based organizations, says enough is enough. It is time for all of us to face the inequities we see in our backyards every day, tackle them head on, and start winning for working families. When we all come together, we can dramatically improve the lives and working condition of those around us. The faith community has stood in solidarity with workers across the country, and helped win the eight-hour work day, weekends, benefits, and so much more. It’s time to do it again.

 

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Chavez and Cortese Fight for Gender Pay Equity

By The Left Hook

Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the fight for gender pay equity is far from over. Currently, full-time working women make an average of 77 cents on the dollar when compared to their male counterparts. Sadly, the gender pay gap is worse for minorities, with African American women earning 64 cents and Latinas earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. By not receiving “equal pay for equal work”, women have more difficulty providing for their families and, over their lifetime of work, have less retirement on which to survive.  Women, who make up nearly half of the workforce and are often the primary breadwinners, take home a smaller check simply because of their gender.

The County of Santa Clara is taking the gender pay gap issue head-on and again serving as a leader in setting the Silicon Valley’s employment standards. Yesterday, Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese directed the County Executive and County Counsel to research and prepare a draft gender pay equity ordinance that would apply to county contracts and county employees. Clearly, they understand the importance of providing equal wages to women and men who do substantially equal work.

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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

Santa Clara County

Supervisors Chavez and Cortese request a gender pay equity ordinance to apply to County contracts

 Supervisors Chavez and Cortese are directing the County Executive and County Counsel to research and prepare a draft on a gender pay equity ordinance with applicability to county contracts and county employees to be considered at the Finance and Government Operations Committee and the Children, Seniors and Families Committee meetings in October 2015.

 Where: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

When: Aug. 25, 2015 at 9 am

Link to agenda: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=6061

 

City of Palo Alto

 Adopting a minimum wage of $11 an hour; plus regional collaboration to reach $15 by 2018  

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Santa Clara Boasts Highest Wage in the County

By The Left Hook

One of the hottest topics sweeping the Silicon Valley is the desperate need to raise the minimum wage.  We have seen a trend of local cities taking the issue head-on, especially as they see more of their community members working for wages that keep them below the poverty line. What started as one daring city, San José, taking the lead to do right by its workers has become a #RaiseTheWage Campaign that is motivating California cities, like Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Berkeley, Richmond, Oakland, San Diego and Los Angeles, to support their working families.

As of last night, the City of Santa Clara can be added to the list of local municipalities that have increased their minimum wage.  The Council voted 5-1, with Councilmember Debi Davis casting the sole dissenting vote.

The ordinance, introduced by Councilmember Dominic Caserta, is the best we’ve seen yet, as it raises wages to $11 an hour, the highest in Santa Clara County. The new wage goes into effect on January 1, 2016 and will adjust annually based on the cost of living. Additionally, the City voiced its desire to join the Cities Association of Santa Clara County to find regional solutions to the minimum wage.

The Council chambers were full and lively yesterday, with community members, local leaders and elected officials, including Congressman Mike Honda, gathered to express their support for raising the minimum wage. The increase is another win for the Silicon Valley Rising campaign, launched last spring by the South Bay Labor Council and Working Partnerships USA to improve working conditions for South Bay families.

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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

City of San Jose

 Minimum Wage Study

Mayor Liccardo, Councilmember Jones and Councilmember Manh Nguyen have released a memo proposing to study an increase in San Jose’s minimum wage and possible exceptions to San Jose’s minimum wage requirements that would favor business.

Where: San Jose Rules Committee

When: August 19, 2015 at 2 pm

Link to item: http://sanjose.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?meta_id=528165

Link to agenda:  http://sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/45605

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SVEF Gets Congressional Chief Education Advisor

By The Left Hook

After 14 years as Congressman Honda’s District Director, Meri Maben, a longtime leader in local politics, is joining the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). As a former teacher and program director for at-risk youth, Meri will, no doubt, be instrumental in supporting SVEF’s mission and improving our public education system. During her tenure with Representative Honda, Meri exemplified what it meant to be a dedicated public servant.  A trusted advisor, a champion for working families, and a true leader, she has been the pillar of Honda’s district team.

Meri’s determination to break down education barriers and give all students access to a quality education, regardless of socioeconomic status, will make her invaluable to the SVEF.  We wish her the best on her new adventure.

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Teamsters Take on Silicon Valley

By Doug Bloch

Under the leadership of Joint Council 7 President Rome Aloise, the Teamsters are on the front lines in the fight against income inequality in Silicon Valley.

I hope you saw the press yesterday as over 70 Teamsters and allies blocked two Bauer’s IT tech buses in San Francisco’s Mission District.  Bauer’s has built a company serving high tech companies such as Cisco, Yahoo, and Twitter.  And they shuttled mayors to Uber headquarters during the recent US Conference of Mayors meeting in SF.  The National Labor Relations Board alleges that Bauer’s IT broke federal labor laws when it surveilled workers and blocked them from talking to Teamster organizers.  Shortly after, a company manager allegedly created a fake union by circulating a blank piece of paper and telling drivers to sign it.  Within the week, the drivers had a new contract that they hadn’t voted on or even seen!  This was detailed in a hard-hitting Mother Jones piece.

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Aug

SBLC Political Director Joins Congressional Campaign, David Urhausen Takes Helm

By The Left Hook

After more than three years with the South Bay Labor Council (SBLC), Dennis Raj, the Political Director will be heading to Santa Barbara to serve as the Field Director for the Salud Carbajal for Congress campaign. Dennis, who has time and again shown his keen understanding of the Bay Area’s political landscape, has been instrumental in successfully driving the mission of the South Bay Labor Council. As Political Director, Dennis was at the forefront of formulating campaign strategies, overseeing field campaigns and representing the labor movement in numerous political arenas. Among his many accomplishments while at the Labor Council were the successful campaigns of Measure D, the increase in San Jose’s minimum wage, and Measures A and B, a county wide tax for health care and public safety and a parcel tax for water projects. Dennis, who is widely considered one of the best Labor Council Political Directors in the state, will be greatly missed.

Stepping into Dennis’s role will be David Urhausen, a savvy and experienced campaign specialist, who coordinated the South Bay Labor Council’s field campaign for the San Jose District 4 Special Election. Prior to joining Labor Council in January 2015, David served as the Campaign Manager for Measure E in Milpitas, a labor council endorsed project, where he ran the day to day and field operations for a large and sophisticated ballot measure campaign.  Additionally, he has served as a Campaign Finance Specialist, providing political campaign compliance and reporting services to a number of organizations, including labor unions and candidates. David got his start in politics at the California Democratic Party where he was the assistant to the Finance Director. His talent was quickly recognized and before long he served as support staff for all departments of the State Party and managed the internship program. David, who earned a B.A. in Economics and Minors in Communications and Statistics from the University of California at Davis, is getting married in a month and visiting Greece on his honeymoon.

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County Demonstrates Leadership in Establishing Employment Standards

By The Left Hook

Today, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors showed its renewed commitment to setting high job standards by extending the Living Wage Ordinance to officially include its employees. The board voted 4-0-1, with Supervisor Wasserman supporting the measure  and Supervisor Simitian abstaining.

The County’s actions demonstrate that fair compensation, paid sick-leave and a fair work week are among the top priorities for the region. Through their leadership, Santa Clara County has raised the bar for what is expected from all other Silicon Valley employers. By following the County’s lead, local employers could give their workers the opportunity to achieve economic stability and, with time, get out from under the poverty line.

In addition to improving employment standards, the Living Wage Ordinance includes Labor Peace. This ensures that workers, who are subjected to unfair labor practices, can organize and have a united voice without fear of intimidation or retaliation.

The Living Wage Ordinance is our nation’s most comprehensive living wage policy and we applaud the County for spearheading this issue and setting high, fair and necessary employment standards.

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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community

By The Left Hook

Santa Clara County

Extending Comprehensive Living Wage Coverage to the County Workforce

At the December 9th, 2014 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board directed Administration and County Counsel to “draft a Board Policy Resolution that expresses the Board’s intent to assure County employees…have a standard of compensation consistent with standards outlined in the Living Wage Policy.” The resolution being voted on this week confirms the Board’s commitment to upholding the Living Wage Policy. This includes full-time, temporary and part-time employees. It does not include IHSS workers or employees of special districts.

When: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 9 am

Where: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Link to item: http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=6060&MediaPosition=&ID=77750&CssClass=

Link to agenda:  http://sccgov.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=6060

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Aug

South Bay Labor Council Welcomes New Communications Director

By The Left Hook

The South Bay Labor Council (SBLC) is proud to announce that Dianna Zamora-Marroquin has joined their team as the new Communications Director. Zamora-Marroquin, a seasoned communications professional who brings years of experience in developing insightful and effective communications strategies, will be instrumental in the continued growth and success of the Labor Council. Zamora-Marroquin has enjoyed a successful career, holding positions ranging from a Consultant for the Select Committee on California-Latin American Affairs for a State Assembly Member to the Communications Liaison for a State Senator. She has also excelled in strategic messaging creation and market research, working for a renowned research firm in San Diego. Prior to joining the SBLC, her career took her to Washington, D.C. where were she served as the Communications Director for two California Congressmen.

Zamora-Marroquin, who is fluent in Spanish, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a minor in Italian from the University of Southern California and Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.

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Policy Watch: Your weekly tip sheet for what’s going on in your community.

By The Left Hook

Valley Transportation Authority

Request for Proposal for joint public-private development at Cerone parcel

The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Carone parcel in North San Jose, locaed on Zanker Road and 237 in North San Jose. The RFP will offer the right to enter into exclusion negotiations with VTA for the development of an industrial and/or commercial development project for approximately 55 acres of the property. Read more »

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