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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.

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.

IMMIGRANT FAMILY FIGHTS BACK AGAINST EMPLOYER ABUSE AND ICE RAID IN SAN FRANCISCO

By Young Workers United
Young Workers United, May 17 2006
Sonia Cano and Carlos Barrancos worked hard to support themselves and to start their young family. However, when Sonia Cano stood up for her right to be paid the SF minimum wage and overtime from her abusive employer, Si Senor Taqueria owners did everything they could to tear apart this young family. As Sonia was in her ninth month of pregnancy, some Si Senor owners called the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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

Doubtful Reasoning By Columnist

Letter to the Editor
By Vic Yellow Hawk White
Assistant director AFSC-PMRO
Central Valley Office, Woodland
Daily Democrat , May 3 2006
While presented as "A Minority View" the prominence of the commentary by Walter Williams recently demands a reply. While I won't dispute the citations he has quoted I do intend to cast doubt on his reasoning.

If productivity were the measure of economic benefit you would not see "golden parachutes" (high severance pay for failed chief executive officers). Were the world's economies a level playing field it might be possible to use a one method approach.

How to up the minimum

By BRIAN JOSEPH
2006 Orange County Register, Apr 1 2006

SACRAMENTO – Francisca Rodriguez can't imagine life on the minimum wage. She's struggling enough 50 cents above it.

The Santa Ana mother supports four children and a sick husband on $7.25 an hour cleaning offices in Huntington Beach. For a family that size, $75,000 a year is considered low income in Orange County. Rodriguez earns $15,000.

"Everything is pretty much difficult to buy, even the most basic things," the 37-year-old said. "There's so many sacrifices I have to make."

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