California

The faithful will vote for American values

Op-ed by Bob Edgar
San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 3 2006
Many are talking about fundamental values, not a litmus test that passes for values. Stem cells and same-sex marriage are taking a back seat to honesty, integrity, truth and justice, the closer we get to election day. "Who can you trust" is being asked more than whether a candidate believes the same way I do.

San Francisco Spotlights Workers' Stakes in Midterm Election

By Aaron Glantz
OneWorld US, Oct 31 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 31 (OneWorld) - Workers in this city could become the first in the nation to be guaranteed paid sick leave after voters go to the polls her and across the country next Tuesday.

Proposition F on the city's ballot would require that employees earn paid sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.

The measure is among numerous proposals across the country to address bread-and-butter issues, like the minimum wage, that advocates say federal legislators and authorities have neglected.

Economic Power Focus of Religious Conference in San Francisco

KCBS, Oct 25 2006

San Francisco, Calif. (KCBS)  -- Religious leaders from around California are meeting in San Francisco for the next few days to discuss ways to bring more economic justice to those in need.

Working at a minimum

By Michelle Durand
Daily Journal , Oct 18 2006


The bare minimum.

Governor was right to increase minimum wage

Op-ed by Martin Bennett
Napa Valley Register, Sep 4 2006
This Labor Day, we should commend Gov. Schwarzenegger for supporting an increase of the state minimum wage from $6.75 to $8 an hour by 2008. Wealth and income inequalities have reached levels not experienced in California since the 1930s. Raising the minimum wage can ease problems such inequities create.

It's criminal what Congress has done to the working poor

Editorial by DICK MEISTER
San Francisco Bay Guardian, Aug 15 2006
OPINION Congress's Republican leaders belong in prison. They have openly violated one of our most basic laws, the 68-year-old Fair Labor Standards Act. It requires Congress to set the minimum wage high enough to guarantee a standard of living necessary for health, efficiency, and general well-being.

The current rate of $5.15 an hour comes nowhere near to doing that. Even those who manage to work full-time make only $10,700 a year - $206 a week or about $900 a month, minus taxes and other deductions.

Minimum wage bills approved Governor opposes automatic increases for state's workers

By Matthew Yi
San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 2 2006

(06-02) 04:00 PDT Sacramento -- Plans to increase the minimum wage and a bill aimed at deregulating the cable television industry in California advanced this week in the state Legislature.

Working to keep homelessness at bay, part 5

By Jerome Gagnon
San Francisco Chronicle, May 17 2006
According to a study conducted by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, 2005 was the first year on record "that a full-time worker at minimum wage could not afford a one-bedroom apartment anywhere in the country at average market rates." While approximately 200,000 rental units for low-income individuals are lost each year because of gentrification or deterioration, only about 100,000 are being replaced, according to another study. For full text, click link below

Ventura Passes a Living Wage Ordinance

By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Times, May 17 2006
Advocates for the working poor didn't get very far when they tried to pass a minimum-wage ordinance in Ventura five years ago. Yet this week, the Ventura City Council voted unanimously to enact just such a law.

This time, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce signed on, as did Jim Monahan, the City Council's staunchest pro-business member.

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