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.
In Print This Week:
Oct 30, 2014
vol XXV issue 44
Albert and the Baskets
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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