Tell Palo Alto: Raise the Wage!

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Palo Alto Considers $15 Minimum Wage
Ordinance Will Be Drafted at 8/16 Committee Meeting
Sign the Letter in Support ~ Attend the Meeting

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City Council Policy & Services Committee Meeting
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 6:00 PM
Palo Alto City Hall, Community Meeting Room (Off Lobby)
250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

Palo Alto’s City Council raised the city minimum wage to $11 per hour last year. At the time, the Council set a “goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2018″ per the resolution, which passed unanimously. The Council will now begin work on setting that path to $15 by ’18. The Policy and Services Committee has been charged with drafting the ordinance. We need a big turnout of supporters to make sure they write the strongest possible ordinance. Please plan on attending the 8/16 meeting.

Sign the Letter of Support: The Raise the Wage Coalition – Silicon Valley will send the following letter to all members of the City Council prior to the upcoming committee meeting. Please sign the letter today. Here’s the text, your can sign in the form below that:

Dear Council Members,

We urge you to move forward with an ordinance granting Palo Alto workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2018. We believe it is imperative that you draft and enact such an ordinance this fall so that you will have time to match Sunnyvale’s and Mountain View’s schedule of $15 by ’18 and give low wage workers relief as soon as possible.

As you know, workers across California will receive a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022. Yet many California cities have much lower costs of living than Palo Alto and Silicon Valley in general. Clearly, Palo Alto should have a higher minimum wage than many California cities because costs here are so much higher.

The path to $15 per hour is no longer the lonely and difficult path that it appeared to be several years ago. Many Santa Clara County cities either have adopted such ordinances or are making progress towards doing so.

We also want to remind you that Mountain View and Sunnyvale adopted an ordinance with no exemptions. Stakeholders have told us it is important to make regional city ordinances the same, for easy business compliance. Similarity between ordinances also makes enforcement easier. We believe that a clean ordinance with no exemptions is the best model for cross-city similarity.

Finally, the ordinance should call for annual increases based on the Consumer Price Index for our local metropolitan area. In addition, we would encourage you to engage local community groups, especially those with cultural and linguistic expertise, to conduct outreach and education to local workers about the increased wage and their rights.

We would like to close by thanking you most sincerely for taking on this important issue, increasing the welfare of Palo Alto’s low-wage workforce and setting an example for cities in the Greater Bay Area.

Sincerely,

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