One Victory!


The minimum wage in CA will increase!

Families in California with members who work low wage jobs will get a raise to $15 an hour and our faith voices helped make it happen. THANK YOU! Thank you for increasing awareness of this issue in your congregation and for every signature collected -- we got their attention!

We applaud the Governor and leaders in Sacramento for listening to our faith voices and the voices of working people to rapidly bring SB-3 before the legislature. In a short time, we collected close to 2,000 signatures from our faith communities in Contra Costa County to Raise the Wage.  Although we support raising the minimum wage sooner than 2022, we commend our legislators for the passage of SB-3.

Supporting this raise by voting YES on SB 3 were:
Assembly Members Bonilla, Frazier, and Thurmond and Senator Glazer. 

Now the Governor is planning to sign the legislation on Monday.  A victory! A victory for workers.  A victory for the labor unions who organized the initiatives and continued dialogue with the decision makers.  A victory for the Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa County whose focus on this issue created local support.  And a victory for all of us involved in the Multi-faith ACTION Coalition!  Yeah!

Raising the Minimum Wage is a moral issue because work is about the dignity of the person. Work should lift us up and enable us to be fulfilled, care for our families, and contribute to our communities. Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour will not by itself lift all low-wage workers out of poverty, but it will make it easier for 5.6 million workers (32% of the statewide workforce) to support themselves and their families. Its good for our economy, too. When low-wage workers earn more they spent more in our local businesses, which supports and creates jobs and generates tax revenue for our communities.   

There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American whether he [or she] is a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid, or day laborer.”
– The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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