Monthly Archives : August 2015

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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…

17 Years of Labor in the Pulpit


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…

Chavez and Cortese Fight for Gender Pay Equity


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…

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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…

Santa Clara Boasts Highest Wage in the County


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…

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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…

SVEF Gets Congressional Chief Education Advisor


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…

Teamsters Take on Silicon Valley


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…

County Demonstrates Leadership in Establishing Employment Standards


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…