living wage


Mon March 16, 2015

Living wage fight explodes in East Oakland

The proposed site for the new development.

If you want to hire a worker in Oakland, you’re going to have to pay a little bit more these days. At the beginning of the month, Measure FF, overwhelming approved by voters last November, finally became law. It raises Oakland’s minimum wage to $12.25 an hour.

But Oakland is a little bit different from Seattle, San Francisco, and dozens of other cities that passed minimum wage hikes last year. It already has a living wage ordinance on the books that requires employers benefitting from city subsidies to pay $14.10 an hour.

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Mon March 16, 2015

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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Tue March 10, 2015

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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Mon November 3, 2014

A push to increase minimum wage

Tomorrow, voters in two key cities in the Bay Area will weigh in on measures to increase their minimum wage.  Both Oakland and San Francisco have propositions on the ballot that would increase their minimum wage to $12.25 per hour.

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Mon September 1, 2014

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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