Effects of a $15 Minimum Wage by 2019 in San Jose

The San Mateo City Council will vote on the adoption of a $15 minimum wage ordinance at their July 18th, 2016 meeting. To understand the likely impact of a $15 minimum wage, we publish the  following analysis of  the impact of such a wage increase for San José. Authors Michael Reich, Claire Montialoux, Annette Bernhardt, Sylvia A. Allegretto, Sarah Thomason and Ken Jacobs of the UC Berkeley Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics wrote the policy brief at the request of the City of San José. The full policy brief is available from the UC Berkeley Labor Center.

Critics of minimum wage increases often cite factors that will reduce employment, such as automation or reduced sales, as firms raise prices to recoup their increased costs. Advocates often argue that better-paid workers are less likely to quit and will be more productive, and that a minimum wage increase positively affects jobs and economic output as workers can increase their consumer spending. Here we take into account all of these often competing factors to assess the net effects of the policy. Read more

Effects of the Minimum Wage on Infant Health

HealthyBabyThe minimum wage has increased in multiple states over the past three decades. Research has focused on effects on labor supply, but very little is known about how the minimum wage affects health, including children’s health.

What follows is an excerpt from a paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that links a higher minimum wage to improved health outcomes for infants, specifically increase in birth weights driven by increased gestational length and fetal growth rate. 

The Working Paper is available from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Low-Wage Workers Robbed of Wages They’ve Earned

wagetheft-coverIt’s hard enough to survive in San Mateo County on the minimum wage of $10 an hour. San Mateo is one of the most expensive county’s in the country. But it’s a crime when employers fail to pay their low-wage workers for overtime, or require employees to work “off the clock,” or fail to provide lunch breaks.

Yet thousands of low-wage workers in San Mateo County are victims of these types of “wage theft,” according to a report from Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, CLSEPA.

CLSEPA hired Scott Hochberg in October, 2015, to handle cases of employment law violations that the legal services office was seeing. “There are so few lawyers in San Mateo County handling these cases,” says Hochberg, that it was impossible to know how wide-spread the problem was.

His report, “Raising the Minimum Wage and Fighting Wage Theft for a Healthier San Mateo County,” release June, 2016, is the first attempt to gage the problem of wage theft for low-wage workers. Read more

San Mateo Council Votes to Raise the Wage on July 18th

The San Mateo City Council is poised to adopt a $15 minimum wage ordinance, aligning the city with other high cost jurisdictions in the Bay Area. Rather than wait until 2022, when the state minimum wage will reach $15 per hour, the City Council will consider two options, both of which will benefit thousands of low-wage workers in the city.

Faith in Action activist Diana Reddy urged the City Council to address income inequality by hiking the minimum wage.

Faith in Action activist Diana Reddy urged the City Council to address income inequality by hiking the minimum wage.

At its June 6th meeting, the City Council narrowly passed the first reading of its draft minimum wage ordinance that would require large businesses — those with 55 or more employees — to pay their staff at least $15 an hour by 2018. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations would have two additional years to reach $15. An alternative proposal made by Councilmember Bonilla, that would require all businesses to pay $15 by July, 2019, failed. Read more

TIP Sheet for June 2016

We have an excellent opportunity coming up for Apprenticeship placement with Sheetmetal 104. Testing and applications must be completed in person at 1939 Market Street, San Francisco on the first or third Tuesday of each month. Registration takes place from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. and the next registration will be Tuesday June 21st.

Please see the Sheetmetal Flyer.

Minimum qualification at the time of application:

  • 18 years of age or older or 17 with a parent or legal guardians signature
  • Photo identification, such as a valid driver’s license, passport, or state issued photo I.D.
  • High School Diploma, transcript, G.E.D. or High School Proficiency test in English translation
  • Physically able to perform the work of the trade

The Ironworkers are offering 3 weeks of FREE hands on training AND the opportunity to meet with local signatory contractors. There is a mandatory orientation coming up on Tuesday July 5th, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Ironworkers Training Facility in Benicia.

Course runs from  July 25 to August 12, 2016. All events are held at the Ironworkers Training facility, 3150 Bayshore Road, benicia.

Please see the Ironworkers Class.


TIP Certificate Is Ticket to the Trades

Twenty-four students are expected to join Dan Pasini’s class at the College of San Mateo this July. They will spend five months learning the basics of the building and construction trades, while sharpening their math skills, to prepare for entrance into a certified apprenticeship program.

Dan Pasini brings his knowledge of the trades to TIP

Dan Pasini brings his knowledge of the construction trades to the TIP class

Pasini is teaching his sixth TIP San Mateo class. Dan is a journey electrician and an extremely effective instructor. Over 85% of the students who begin the five month course graduate, and over 50% of the graduates have found placement in a certified union apprenticeship program in the Bay Area. Read more

TIP Sheet: BART training program

BARTBART is collaborating with several community colleges to train students to become Train Control Electronic Technicians and Transit Vehicle Electronic Technicians.

The 18-month program will run four semesters, from the summer of 2016 through the fall of 2017. You will receive college credits for the classes you complete, and at the end of this program, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Please note that BART does not guarantee employment upon completion of the program. However, the certificate is an accepted certificate in electronics and there are other transit agencies and private companies that need these skill sets.

Participating community colleges are:

  • Chabot College in Hayward,
  • City College of San Francisco,
  • College of San Mateo,
  • Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, and
  • Los Medanos College in Pittsburgh.

Please contact one of the BART Training Program College Coordinators (PDF) if you are interested in applying to this program.

TIP Sheet: Stationary Engineers Accepting Applications

San Francisco Stationary Engineers are accepting applications for their apprenticeship program for one week only — from Monday May 23rd through Friday May 27th. If interested, visit their office, 560 Barneveld Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.

The training program includes the positions of stationary engineer, waste water and water treatment plant operator, and biomedical equipment technician.

You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Be sure to bring a valid picture I.D. — drivers license or passport — and verification that you’ve graduated high school, earned a High School Proficiency Certificate or G.E.D. at the time of application. Documents must be in English.

For more information, please download Stationary Engineers Announcement (PDF), or call 415-285-3939.

TIP Sheet for May: Apprenticeship Program Openings

plasterersPlasterers Local 66 is now offering direct entry into their apprenticeship program for TIP graduates. Please send an email to apprentice@plastererslocal66.com, or call 650.827-1451.

Minimum requirements for the Plasterers apprenticeship program:

  • 18 years of age or older,
  • High school diploma, G.E.D. certificate, or equivalent, and
  • Valid California Driver’s License or valid California ID.

If you need any further assistance in applying to an apprenticeship program, please contact Marie Chang at 650.572.9920.

San Mateo City Council to Adopt $15 by 2018

Evelyn Rangel-Medina from the Restaurant Opportunities Center told City Council that workers, owners and customers all benefit when employers pay a fair wage.

Evelyn Rangel-Medina from the Restaurant Opportunities Center said workers, owners and customers all benefit when employers pay a fair wage.

At their May 2nd meeting, the San Mateo City Council directed staff to draft a local ordinance to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2018. When the city council votes on the draft ordinance in June,  San Mateo will become the first city in San Mateo County to establish a local minimum wage, and the 12th city in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Passage of legislation in April that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2022 did not deter the City Council from acting. Council members agreed with community and labor advocates from the Raise the Wage Coalition that the city needed to act now due to the city’s high cost of living. City staff will present options for enforcing the ordinance in order to combat the problem of “wage theft,” which occurs when workers are not paid all that they have earned. Read more