Crosscurrents

Monday-Thursday at 5pm

Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: UC Berkeley's Ken Jacobs on Restaurant Wages in San Francisco

Ken Jacobs of UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education with KALW's Todd Whitney
Ben Trefny

 

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, San Francisco passed a variety of measures to help low wage workers try to keep up with the rising cost of living. The city now has the highest minimum wage in the country at 10 dollars 74 cents an hour. It also requires employers to either provide health benefits or pay into a pool so the city can cover their health care costs.

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5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: Workers weigh in

Flickr user Paul Sableman

Income inequality has become a key political issue in the Bay Area, and across America. The federal minimum wage has stayed at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

In the Bay Area, lawmakers and organizers are working to change local minimum wage laws. Berkeley’s minimum wage will reach $10.75 by 2016. Richmond's will top $12 the following year. Oakland and San Francisco may put wage hike measures before voters in November. But are these increases enough to live on? Many people at a rally in Oakland said they’re not even close. Let’s hear what they had to say.

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5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: A restaurant owner who thinks differently

Jennifer Piallat of Zazie, with some of her employees
Dave Getzschman

 Jennifer Piallat has worked in most every aspect of the restaurant industry – dishwasher, waitstaff, chef, manager – and those experiences have informed her decisions as owner of Zazie, a popular bistro in San Francisco's Cole Valley. Her employees receive a living wage, and benefits, and she's testified about her philosophies and process before the U.S. Department of Labor.

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5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: Profile of a low-wage earner

D'Wana Stewart of San Francisco
D'Wana Stewart

D’Wana Stewart is a native San Franciscan. She graduated from June Jordan School for Equity, a small high school on the southeast side of the city. Now 24, she's working three jobs and shares a home with her mother – it’s the only way she’s been able to stay in San Francisco. We spent a week with D’wana, to get a sense of her life, living on the minimum wage.

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5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: What does it cost to live in the Bay Area?

Flickr user Kristy Johnson

KALW's Todd Whitney researched what it really costs to live in the Bay Area. He and Ben Trefny sat down to check out the results.

"So we're talking nearly $33 an hour. Or you can think of it this way: that's two adults earning nearly $17 an hour." -Todd Whitney

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