Mountain View Targets $15 Minimum Wage by 2018!

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Ryan holds up a sign next to his mother Kalee, to support raising the minimum wage during a rally held in front of Mountain View City Hall, on Oct. 9, 2014. Photo by Michelle Le

Mountain View OKs $10.30 minimum wage: Council’s goal is to raise wage to $15 by 2018

by Daniel DeBolt / Mountain View Voice

In a dramatic meeting Thursday evening, Mountain View’s City Council approved a new minimum wage law based on San Jose’s, increasing the city’s minimum wage to $10.30 an hour starting July 1, 2015, and made it a goal to hit $15 an hour by 2018. Read More…

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Mountain View Council Sets Goal of $15 in 2018!

MOUNTAIN VIEW SETS GOAL OF $15 MINIMUM WAGE BY 2018
Minimum Wage to Match San Jose’s as a First Step

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Oct, 10: – Late last night, the Mountain View City Council voted 6 to 1 to set a goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2018.  The City Council would like this to be a regional effort and will begin to work with neighboring towns like Sunnyvale and Palo Alto to come up with a regional plan to raise the wage to $15 an hour.

In addition to setting the goal of $15 last night, the Mt. View City Council passed an ordinance that will raise the wage to $10.30 by July 1 of 2015 indexed to the cost-of-living to match their neighboring city of San Jose.

Council chambers last night were filled to standing room only as people came with signs that said “we support you” to demonstrate their support for a $15 minimum wage.

Mountain View has seen skyrocketing rents and cost of living while simultaneously facing a crisis of economic disparity. In the past year there has been a 300% rise in homelessness. In October of 2013, a grassroots movement grew rapidly spurred by residents of a local political action group, Politically Inspired Action, who was soon joined by a coalition of groups that includes local activist groups, national economic justice organizations, labor groups, and community service agencies.

There has been a groundswell of support from the population at large. At the public input forum on September 6th, there was unanimous support voiced where residents and workers called on City Council to consider joining the movement in the Bay and Country to a $15 raise. A Chamber of Commerce survey also revealed majority support for a raise, including 46% supporting $12.

Everyone who works hard deserves a fair wage. Mountain View stands as a city that is both the heart of technological innovation as well as economic disparity in our country. The people of Mountain View and the City Council are ready to tackle the economic crisis of low wage workers head on and bring neighboring cities with them.

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