Call for Silicon Valley Living Wage

Did you know that over a quarter million private sector workers in Santa Clara County have no access to earned sick days?
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, for 260,024 Silicon Valley workers – enough workers to fill every hospital bed west of the Mississippi River – being sick or having an ill family member presents an impossible choice: Stay at work when you shouldn’t, or lose pay (and perhaps a job) by staying home.

On June 12 Santa Clara County takes the next step towards creating the nation’s most comprehensive living wage ordinance, which would guarantee earned sick leave and other fair job standards for tens of thousands of Silicon Valley workers.

Join us to call for an equal voice for low-wage workers and their communities as the county studies this issue and crafts the ordinance.

WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 2-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: County Government Center
70 West Hedding Street, 1st floor, San Jose, CA 95110

The Finance and Government Operations Committee of the County Board of Supervisors will vote on the research plan to study the impacts and draft a framework for a living wage ordinance. We need your help to make sure that the plan creates an equal and accessible opportunity for low-wage workers and their communities to be heard.

Please RSVP by emailing Elly Matsumura, Living Wage Campaign Coordinator at

We are looking for “living wage” stories to help the media cover this important issue.

Do you know someone who is paid the living wage in San José?
Please ask them to contact us today!

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About the Silicon Valley Living Wage Coalition

SV Living Wage

Santa Clara County members of SEIU Local 521 joined other labor advocates, community based organizations and policy groups to put our Community First and support a comprehensive Silicon Vally Living Wage.

The Silicon Valley Living Wage would set a new standard of higher wages, healthcare security and a better standard of living for tens of thousands of low-wage workers employed by contractors who do business with the County of Santa Clara. The proposal comes at a time of increasing public discourse about income inequality, when Silicon Valley has become ground zero for the growing disparity between haves and have-nots.

Learn more about our growing coalition here (PDF).

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