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Campaign underway to lift Oakland’s minimum wage
By Matthew Artz Oakland Tribune Posted: 02/09/2014 12:00:00 AM PST
OAKLAND — The growing movement to help workers at the bottom of the pay scale has come to Oakland as a union-backed coalition seeks to enact one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation.
A proposed November ballot measure would increase Oakland’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $12.25, with future increases tied to inflation. It also would guarantee at least five annual sick days for all workers.
“People are seeing that the economic health of our city depends on lifting up those who are not earning enough to pay for their basic necessities,” said Beth Trimarco, a member of the Lift Up Oakland coalition, which includes powerful labor union SEIU Local 1021.
Lift Up Oakland will officially kick off its signature gathering drive with a 9:30 a.m. rally Saturday at Fruitvale Village, 3301 E. 12th St. Signature gathering will begin at 11 a.m.
Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435.
Minimum Wages San Francisco — $10.74 San Jose — $10.15 Oakland — $8