San Mateo County’s economic gap called “unacceptable”

SanMateoLivingWageGroup-580Residents and workers of San Mateo County are coming together to press county leaders to address the widening economic gap that is turning the county into a virtual gated community.

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, community activists packed the Board of Supervisors chamber and called attention to alarming statistics that show the economic recovery has not reached working families in San Mateo County.

County worker Jeff Weaver referred to the county’s own “shared vision” of creating affordable housing and enriching lives of people in the community.

“How can we take stock in that if we can’t afford to raise our families in the community? My cohorts and I serve this fine community but cannot enjoy the fruits of our labor.”

Watch the testimonies from Jeff and others:


Learn more about the county’s economic gap (PDF)

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Bay Area’s Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 Becoming Contagious

With SEIU Local 1021 members leading mobilizing efforts, cities and counties all over Northern California are putting ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour before voters. In San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond, voters will see proposals either this year or next to raise wages for workers in their cities. Local 1021 members have been working with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and other allies, including labor groups, community and faith-based organizations to promote the ballot measures.

SEIU 1021 Vice President Gary Jimenez said: “People have been hit so hard that they understand the problem of inequality and a need to address it. People will vote to do the right thing because it’s in their hearts and their minds.”

Read a New Republic story about the fight to raise wages in the Bay Area here.

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