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San Jose Minimum Wage Set to Increase on July 1st


Tomorrow, San Jose’s minimum wage is set to increase to $12, a $1.50 bump an hour for the City’s lowest paid workers. This increase is part of an effort that began in 2012 when San Jose residents voted to increase workers’ wages from $8 to $10. Then, in 2016, as surrounding cities were committing to raises wages at a rate…

Trades Orientation Program Builds Pipeline To Construction Career


The booming Silicon Valley economy hides the growing crisis of the “missing middle” – the increasing scarcity of middle-wage jobs that are accessible to the average person and can support a family in this high-cost region. At the same time the Silicon Valley labor movement is fighting to raise the floor and create more middle-wage jobs, unions are also working…

New Poll & Study Show Massive Landlord Profits, Voter Support for Renters


Yesterday, a new research report released by Working Partnerships USA, Cashing In on Renters, found that a family in Silicon Valley now needs to earn $113,040 to afford the average two-bedroom apartment, and that the number of “no cause” evictions has increased by 270 percent in the past five years. In addition, it reveals that large, non-San Jose based landlords…

The Crying Need for a Good Jobs Strategy


The presidential election was a primal scream for good jobs, but many elected officials seem not to have heard it.  It’s time for a simple, common sense reform to address the crying need for family-sustaining employment:  Every public policy that involves employing people should create good jobs.  Although direct government employment generally pays at least a living wage, the jobs…

Policy Watch: Week of 2/13


Santa Clara County Report on ordinance to prevent discrimination against renters with Section 8 vouchers At the February 7, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting, the County Counsel presented a recommended ordinance to ensure that all persons with the ability to pay for housing, whether through their own funds or using a subsidy such as Section 8, are considered for housing.…

Milpitas Joins Regional Effort to Increase Minimum Wage


Tonight, the Milpitas City Council voted 4 to 0 to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2019, three years sooner than mandated by the State of California. Workers in the City will see their first raise in July of this year.  Voting in support of $15 by 2019 were Council Members Marsha Grilli, Anthony Phan, Bob Nuñez and Mayor Rich Tran.…

WHOPPER: Johnny Khamis and the Case of the Fact-Free Zone


  If you heeded the warnings that San Jose City Councilmember Johnny Khamis and the California Restaurant Association (CRA) offered at the Council meeting last Tuesday, you probably rushed out in the last couple of days to buy as much steak as you can before the city’s new minimum wage sends restaurant prices through the roof.  That is, unless you’re…

Campbell Votes to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 by 2019


By a 3-2 vote on Tuesday, the Campbell City Council chose to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2019.  The decision to increase the minimum wage sooner than mandated by the State of California was, in large part, led by Councilmember Jason Baker. Joining him in support of $15 by 2019 were Vice Mayor Liz Gibbons and Councilmember Michael…