living wage

12:00am

Tue July 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Your Call: Beyond boycotts, how can we help sweatshop workers?

Demonstrators in Belgium on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse.
By setca_bbtk, in Flickr Creative Commons

5:19pm

Mon May 19, 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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5:19pm

Mon May 19, 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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3:42pm

Mon May 19, 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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3:41pm

Mon May 19, 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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