It's Time for $10.74, Berkeley!
Inspired by the recent Win-Win-Win of the student-driven and community-led minimum wage campaign in San Jose, we students in the East Bay are organizing to do the same here in the East Bay.
Only 3 other cities in the entire United States have minimum wages at $10 or more. Let’s add the entire East Bay to that list: Oakland! Berkeley! Alameda! Richmond, Hayward, Union City, Fremont, San Leandro, El Cerrito, Albany, San Pablo, Newark, Piedmont even… It’s time for a livable, East Bay!
Good for Working Families
At the current rate of $8 dollars an hour, a worker earns slightly more than $16,000 a year, hardly enough to raise a family and make ends meet in the East Bay. Raising the minimum wage above $10 is a step in the right direction to allow workers to earn a living wage and raise their families with a more dignified standard of living.
Good for Small Businesses
Employers not only care about the wages they pay, they also care about workers’ productivity, and the rise in the pay by itself is likely to cause workers to be more productive. An increase in minimum wage could increase productivity by reducing turnover.
Good for the Standard of Living in the East Bay
Most workers who benefit from a minimum wage hike are not teenagers. Higher minimum wages are about rewarding work and making it possible for workers to earn enough to support a family, with a minimum of government bureaucracy.
Good for Stronger Local Economy
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, every $1.00 in hourly wage increase for a minimum wage worker results in $2,800 in new consumer spending by his or her household over the following year.