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Oakland Chamber of Commerce Minimum Wage Proposal

Oakland Chamber of Commerce Minimum Wage Proposal

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The Lift Up Oakland coalition has put an initiative on Oakland's November ballot to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 next year and peg this to grow at the rate of inflation. Their measure also includes paid sick days and protections against wage theft. To oppose this significant pay increase for low-wage Oakland workers, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce has drafted its own minimum wage plan. The Chamber's plan increases the minimum wage much more slowly (with no increase in 2015 and 2016 for more than 90% of Oakland's low-wage workers). Furthermore, some employers and classes of workers are exempted from the Chamber's plan meaning wages wont go up for these employees. It also does not provide as many sick days as the Lift Up Oakland proposal, nor protections against wage theft.
The Lift Up Oakland coalition has put an initiative on Oakland's November ballot to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 next year and peg this to grow at the rate of inflation. Their measure also includes paid sick days and protections against wage theft. To oppose this significant pay increase for low-wage Oakland workers, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce has drafted its own minimum wage plan. The Chamber's plan increases the minimum wage much more slowly (with no increase in 2015 and 2016 for more than 90% of Oakland's low-wage workers). Furthermore, some employers and classes of workers are exempted from the Chamber's plan meaning wages wont go up for these employees. It also does not provide as many sick days as the Lift Up Oakland proposal, nor protections against wage theft.

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Published by: darwinbondgraham on Jul 08, 2014
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13 in 3
: A Proposal for a Sustainable Minimum Wage Increase for Oakland
 
$13 in 3:
 The Oakland minimum wage would increase to $13/hr in three years according to the following:
o
 Large organizations (over 50 FTEs): $13 by July 1, 2017, starting with $11 on July 1, 2015
o
 Small organizations (50 FTEs or less): $13 by July 1, 2019 (2-year reprieve), starting at $11 on July 1, 2017
 Year
Existing Lift Up Initiative
13 in 3: Large Orgs (>50 FTEs) 13 in 3: Local/ Small Business & Non-Profits
2014 8/9
8/9 8/9
2015 12.25
11 9
2016 12.53
12 10
2017 12.81
13 11
2018 13.11
13.30 12
2019 13.42
13.60 13
2020 13.72
13.92 13.30
 
Longer phase-in for local/small businesses and non-profits, and additional flexibility for small local restaurants:
Provide for a 2-year reprieve for our small businesses and non-profit organizations under 50 FTEs to get to the $13 minimum, and provide flexibility to local restaurants with directly tipped employees already making 3-5 times minimum wage with tips.
 
 Youth and summer internships and trainee programs NOT included:
Trainee programs and youth internship programs and trainees would not be subject to the new local minimum wage, instead following the 25% state minimum wage increase already approved (or another yet to be approved in the future at the state or federal level).
 
Employees providing social services that are reimbursed by fixed state/federal rates NOT included:
Direct care social service employees whose salaries are paid by fixed state/federal reimbursements would not be subject to the new local minimum wage, instead following the 25% state minimum wage increase already approved (or another yet to be approved in the future at the state or federal levels of government).
 
Collective bargaining agreements NOT included:
Collective bargaining agreements must NOT be included, utilizing the exact language of the existing Lift Up proposal.
 
No other provisions:
This is about increasing the minimum wage for employees in a sustainable way by 2020 in Oakland and across the region, and we should not be throwing other policies into the mix.

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