Currently, two committees are studying the living wage and paid sick days for low-wage workers employed by contractors who do business with the County of Santa Clara. If passed, the county ordinance would primarily impact the tens of thousands of workers employed by businesses and organizations that serve as vendors, receive subsidies from the county or pay below market rents for county owned property.
“The idea is to create an economy where everyone is self-sufficient,” said Ben Field, executive officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council.
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About the Silicon Valley Living Wage Coalition
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.