There is quite the typo in my letter. My letter said $60/$100K assessed value and $30/$100K. This has been edited to say $60,000/$100,000 assessed value and $30,000/$100,000. I doubt that anyone could survive this edited rate. Correct translation is $60/$100,000 and $30/$100,000. Hopefully my point is still getting across. Thanks for printing my letter - Gaye Gerdts
Measure R will lift working people out of poverty and boost the local economy. Raising wages in Eureka means working people and their families will be able to live more decently. The opposition wants to continue paying poverty wages to workers while their businesses thrive on the workers' labor. So, the opposition has come up with this backwards idea that better living for working people would "punish" Eureka. That is absurd.
Business will improve with higher wages, so even these whining employers will benefit. They would know that if they looked at any of the other places that have raised their wages. A higher minimum wage is good for working families. Good for business. All the research indicates that the benefits of raising the minimum wage are consistent, regardless of the size of the locales that raise wages.
If Eureka Natural Foods is so great to its workers already, why has it actively fought against its workers organizing for a union, and for higher wages? Of course, if the employer was willing to raise wages without Measure R, we wouldn't need it! But people have been paid measly poverty wages for far too long. The decent thing to do is raise wages! Morally and fiscally, it's the right thing to do. Fair is Fair.
We need Measure R! It's the people's initiative to alleviate poverty. Vote YES on R for Fair Wages.
VOTE YES ON MEASURE R
“Hear us when we say that we know what we are worth. Without us, you would not survive.” -Eureka worker to her employer
Measure R will enable people who work hard to earn a fair wage, pay their bills, and take care of their children. Raising the minimum wage will rejuvenate our economy, directly resulting in more jobs, more local spending, and lower poverty rates. Fair wage employers will stay competitive through higher productivity and increased local patronage.
Over 65% of people who will directly benefit from Measure R are working women, many of them raising children. Almost 90% of workers who will directly benefit from Measure R are older than 20. One third of workers who will get higher wages are over age 40.
WTF? A fair wage is what you and your employer agree upon. If you do not like the pay, don't take the job. Why should hard working people pay more, to finance unqualified workers? The result is fewer jobs and more unemployment collectors. By the same measure, if an employer has a good employee, then he must pay that employee enough to keep them happy, so as to keep them as an employee. Anybody ever heard of FREE ENTERPRISE? How about a Constitutional Republic? Yes, republic. I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the REPUBLIC for which it stands...........
Fullerton is unable to back up a single claim, and without one business saying they’ll “leave Eureka”, what’s the “emperor with no clothes” to do but continue waving his hand defiantly in the parade?
The oldest "cheap trick" in the book.
Yes on R! Rise up and Raise our wages!
Measure R is good for working people and good for the local economy. It is the right thing to do, morally and fiscally. We need Measure R to lift so many of us out of poverty and grow our economy- with more money spent locally. All the tales of disaster from some wealthy business people who never want workers to share in their profits are WRONG. All the news is good when you raise wages. You deserve a raise, Eureka. Fair is Fair. Vote YES on R!
Measure R is a disaster. If it passes the economic havoc and the job losses will be apparent within the year.
The County Supervisors will be LESS inclined to wrack that same havoc on the rest of the county. First Measure R must be defeated. Then we can go to the County Board & the Eureka City Council with a far more responsible plan. George Clark's plan was never anything other than a cheap campaign trick to win votes. Everybody saw through it and that is why it had little support.
Once R passes, the Board of Sups can quickly pass a county wide ordinance raising min wage to either minimize or eliminate ever argument about R's possible unfairness based on only being city wide. This is often how change begins, and now that so many from Virginia Bass to John Fullerton are now expressing support for much of the concept, this fix should be easy sailing
For all their whining, suddenly, local republicans and liberals are interested in a countywide minimum wage increase.
Thank you Measure "R"!
Its heavy on our hearts that Tommys life was thrown away and then they fabricated out that he was a bad guy. We want justice. At first i wanted a reason a sorry i guess but since they took it so far from the mear truth i think anyone covering up the truth should be charged. Tommy had done nothing wrong that night. He was heading to bed.
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