City of San Mateo Publishes New Minimum Wage Regulations

mwo-officialnoticeThe City of San Mateo has established a web page with a summary of the regulations related to the city’s new Minimum Wage Ordinance. The City Council voted in August, 2016, to raise the minimum wage to $12 beginning January 1, 2017, $13.50 on January 1, 2018, and $15 on January 1, 2019. Thereafter, the city will adjust the minimum wage to keep up with inflation.

All businesses are covered by the minimum wage, though nonprofit organizations operating in the city have an additional year to reach the new wage levels.

The City website,, includes the official notice of the wage increase that employers are required to post in the workplace, a summary of what the ordinance means for both employers and employees, and frequently asked questions. All material is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Members of the Raise the Wage Coalition after the July San Mateo City Council hearing.

Members of the Raise the Wage Coalition after the July San Mateo City Council hearing.

A labor, faith and community groups came together as the Raise the Wage Coalition to advocate for a hike in the minimum wage. The City Council acted after conducting research on the economic and public health impacts of a minimum wage hike, surveying local businesses and holding community meetings, and holding public hearings on the issue.

While more than a dozen cities in the Bay Area have raised the minimum wage, from San Jose, Santa Clara, and Mountain View in Santa Clara County, Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville in Alameda County, Richmond and El Cerrito in Contra Costa County, and San Francisco,  San Mateo City Council is the council to enact an ordinance in San Mateo County.

TIP Sheet: Trade Show Installers Needed

sign-display-logoSign and Display Local 510 may need extra workers for trade show work in San Francisco,  San Jose, Santa Clara, and other locations in the Bay Area. Possible work days are:

  • September 22-23,
  • September 26-30,
  • October 8, and
  • October 10.

Job Description

Installers set up and remove of exhibits, displays, signage, carpets, furniture, pipe and drape for conventions, trade shows, and special events. The Display Installer job requires physically active work in a construction environment.  Extra work is temporary and occasional.


Hourly wage rates for extras are: straight time: $21.86, time and one half: $32.79, double time:
$43.72, less $1.00 per hour administrative check-off. Each employer pays weekly regardless of hours worked. You will not be paid at layoff. Your paycheck will be mailed to you after the end of the weekly pay period.

Checking for Work

To check for work, call the message line at 415.468.7289. The more often you check it, the better your chances of getting work. The message is usually updated around 4 p.m. when there is work. Emergency dispatches occur most often between 8:30 and 9:30 in the morning, but could happen at any time.

You can also check for updates on the Local 510 website. The web page includes a long-term calendar that provides a picture of possible upcoming work.

For more information, please see the Sign-and-Display flyer.

Free Training in Ironworker Skills — RSVP by Sept 9th

ironworkersThe Ironworkers are offering a free 3-week training class, “Reinforcing Ironwork Skills.” If you are interested in this class, you must RSVP for the orientation by this Friday, September 9th, and  attend orientation on Monday, September 12th, at 4 p.m.

The course runs from September 26th to October 14, 2016, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. TO 3 p.m. The classroom is located at 3150 Bayshore Road in Benicia.

Wages for apprentice ironworkers start at $17 per hour plus $3.92 per hour vacation. Journeyman wages goes up to $34 per hour.

To RSVP, please call  the Ironworkers  at 707-746-7666. For more infomation about the free class, download Ironworkers Training Course (PDF).

California’s $15 Minimum Wage Earthquake!

Editor’s Note: This article, authored by Martin J. Bennett of North Bay Jobs with Justice,  first appeared at Beyond Chron.

Workers rally in Sacramento in support of a $15 minimum wage.

Workers rally in Sacramento in support of a $15 minimum wage. Photo: Bradley Cleveland

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation boosting California’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour — a 50 percent increase that made the state’s minimum wage the highest in the nation. The hike will be phased in over six years, then automatically adjusted annually to offset rising costs of living.

According to the UC Berkeley Labor Center, affected workers will receive on average one quarter more in wages, or about $3,700 per year adjusted for inflation. An estimated 96 percent receiving pay raises are adults over 20, and on average they contribute more than half of their family income. More than half are women and Latinos.

The new California minimum is historic – it’s the largest increase in the state’s history affecting more than one third of the state’s workforce, or about 5.6 million workers.

The Governor told the Sacramento Bee at the bill-signing ceremony in April that the legislation “is about economic justice” and “the work of many hands and many minds and many hearts.” Read more

San Mateo Working Families Win Major Victories

The Raise the Wage Coalition has scored its first victory in San Mateo County. On August 15, by a 4-1 vote, the San Mateo City Council adopted the first minimum wage increase in the County. Low-wage workers will see their wages go up to $12 dollars starting in January 2017, $13.50 in 2018, and $15 in 2019. Subsequent annual increases will be adjusted according to the Consumer Price Index for the Bay Area region. Nonprofits will have an extra year to adjust to the changes.

But the adoption of a higher minimum wage was not the only victory for San Mateo working families. The Council also voted to move ahead toward adoption of a commercial linkage fee to raise revenues for affordable housing development. The ordinance includes an incentive for developers to pay area standard wages to construction workers. The second reading of the ordinance is planned for September 6, and if adopted, the City will be able to collect close to $3 million dollars for the development of affordable housing. Foster City also had its first study session on the impact fees and their process is moving forward.

And if adopting a higher minimum wage and raising affordable housing funds were not enough items for one night, the Council took on the discussion of renters’ protections. The San Mateo County Association of Realtors (SAMCAR) has been lobbying the Council to derail, delay, or entirely stop the rent stabilization ballot initiative that was put on the ballot by San Mateo residents, who collected close to 11,000 signatures. But SAMCAR failed once again. The Council voted 3-1-1 to not write an opposition argument on the ballot initiative and to allow the democratic process takes its course.

Activists, some who stayed past midnight, left the chamber with big smiles on their faces. It is not often that we get to celebrate so many victories in one single night. What is even more promising is that San Mateo is just the start. Labor and community-based organizations will continue to move a progressive multi-issue agenda across the county. The affordability crisis is energizing progressive organizations to work together strategically to improve the standard of living for all working families, and we are excited about all of the opportunities on the horizon.

Community Activists Help MTC Take a Step in the Right Direction.

At their July 27 meeting, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) took a step toward linking the One Bay Area Grant 2 program (OBAG 2), a transportation fund of $350 million dollars, to anti-displacement policies.

MTC voted unanimously to direct Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs), which distribute OBAG funds to their respective local jurisdictions, to develop a scoring methodology that will reward jurisdictions that have adopted effective anti-displacement policies. MTC also included a requirement that general law cities should be in compliance with the Surplus Land Act (AB 2135) in order to qualify for OBAG 2 funds.

At the meeting, the 6 Wins Network delivered a petition with nearly 500 signatures from across Bay Area communities; the petition demanded that commissioners take substantial action to mitigate displacement. In addition, San Mateo County Union Community Alliance along with other 6 Wins Network members testified to the importance of leveraging regional transportation dollars to reward cities that are adopting effective anti-displacement policies and raising the wages of low-wage workers. Over a dozen community members from Causa Justa, the North Bay Area Organizing Project, and the East Bay Housing Organizations provided personal testimonies that illustrated the incredible magnitude of the affordability crisis.

While the MTC could do even more by linking all OBAG funding to the mitigation of displacement, their decision is a step forward in ensuring that CMAs (C/CAG in San Mateo County) begin to understand the importance of using transportation dollars to incentivize local jurisdictions to adopt anti-displacement policies such as rent stabilization, just cause eviction, and minimum wage increases.

San Mateo City Council Votes Unanimously to Raise the Wage

A longer version of this article, written by Paul Burton, appears in the August 2016 edition of San Mateo Labor

Over two dozen supporters of a minimum wage hike attended the July 18th hearing

Over two dozen supporters of a minimum wage hike attended the July 18th hearing

After over 18 months of work, the Raise the Wage Coalition scored a major victory July 18 when the San Mateo City Council moved to raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 2019. If the ordinance passes at its second reading in August, the first wage hike — to $12 — will go into effect January 1, 2017, with two additional raises of $1.50 an hour in 2018 and 2019. Beginning in January 2020, the minimum wage will rise based on the increase in the metropolitan region’s Consumer Price Index.

Read more

TIP Sheet — Ironworkers Training Class

The Ironworkers are offering a free three week training class that could lead to a apprenticeship. If you are interested, you must RSVP by Friday, September 9th, 5 p.m., by calling the Ironworkers at 707.746.7666.

The orientation session is mandatory for those interested in the training class. It takes place Monday, September 12, 4 p.m., at the Ironworkers Training Facility, 3150 Bayshore Road, Benicia.

The three week training class begins on Monday, September 26th at the Ironworkers Training Facility in Benicia. Students must be available to attend class, which runs from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the three week course.

The training will focus on developing the skills needed to become an ironworker apprentice. Requirements for the course are:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 70 lbs
  • Passing a drug screening

For more information please download the Ironworkers Training Class flyer, or call the Ironworkers at 707.746.7666.

San Mateo City Council to adopt $15 minimum wage on July 18th

Press Advisory

Where: San Mateo City Hall, 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo

When: Monday, July 18th, 2016, 7 p.m.

For more info: Bradley Cleveland, 510.967.1066,

City Council considers two options: $15 by 2018 or $15 by 2019

The San Mateo City Council will vote to adopt a local minimum wage ordinance at its July 18th meeting. The City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2018 for large business, those with more than 55 employees, at its June 6th meeting; smaller businesses and nonprofit organizations would have two additional years to reach $15.

At the July 18th meeting, the City Council also will reconsider a second option, first proposed by Councilmember Rick Bonilla at the June 6th meeting, that would increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2019 for all businesses operating in the city. Nonprofits would be required to pay its employees $15 by 2020. Read more