A predictable move from our local defenders of the American Oligarchy


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“The Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce has announced it is opposing the proposed Eureka Fair Wage Act, a November ballot measure which would increase the minimum wage to $12 at some city businesses. ” Executive Director Don Smullin said. “In looking at the legal text of the fair wage act, we have a lot of questions which the city attorney wasn’t able to answer because the council hasn’t directed her to do so.” ……….that, and she’s just not very competent.

Mayor Frank Jager said he is neutral on the proposed ordinance until he finds out all of the effects.

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“My attitude right now is it’s for the voters of Eureka to decide,” Jager said. “Whatever they decide, the city council will go forward to implement it.”

………There goes Mayor Jager again talking before checking with his “anti-fairwage” Council. This reminds us of the infamous apology/insult situation all over again.


Humboldt County Board of Supervisors 4th District candidate and former Eureka City Councilman Chris Kerrigan said he supports the proposed ordinance.chris k 2

“I have a very strong belief that if someone is willing to work, they ought to be able to afford a good quality of life,” Kerrigan said. “For somebody who is working at minimum wage, they’re taking home approximately $1,200 a month working full time. It’s really hard to make a living taking home just $1,200 a month.”

“When working fwalmart eurekaolks have more money to spend, they stimulate the economy with demand,” he said. “That’s why the studies have shown that increasing the minimum wage is beneficial to the local economy. Not only is it fair for workers and helps lift people out of poverty, it also stimulates the local economy and creates more jobs.”

He added that four of the top five employers in Eureka are large corporations, such as Target, Walmart and Kohls. …………You’re right Chris!


Surprise! There’s a benevolent part the Oligarchy right here in Eureka (from the Huffington post):

In case you needed another reason to love Costco, here’s something to consider: The bulk retailer ranks better than the world’s most profitable tech companies when it comes to how satisfied workers are with benefits and pay.costco

A survey released Friday from the jobs site Glassdoor ranks Costco second to Google when it comes to companies with the best compensation and benefits for workers. That puts it ahead of Facebook, Monsanto, Verizon and Microsoft, other major companies that made it onto Glassdoor’s list of the top 25 companies.

The ranking was based on an online anonymous survey that asked employees to rate how satisfied they were with their pay and benefits on a scale of 1 to 5. Costo and Google both received a score of 4.4 out of 5. Google ranked higher than Costco by fractions of a point. It’s not news that Costco treats its employees well, especially when compared to other retailers. Costco CEO and President Craig Jelinek has come out in support of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and said in 2013 that the company pays a “starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states where we do business.”

About 88 percent of Costco workers reportedly have company-sponsored health insurance, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

“I just think people need to make a living wage with health benefits,” Jelinek has said. “It also puts more money back into the economy and creates a healthier country. It’s really that simple.”

According to Glassdoor, on average, a cashier at Costco makes $15.20 an hour. In contrast, a cashier at Sam’s Club, a Walmart-owned version of Costco, makes $9.37 an hour on average. At Target, that figure is $8.18 an hour.

Costco isn’t hurting from its generous pay and benefits. While Sam’s Club (Walmart) suffers from weak sales, Costco is on solid footing, bringing in close to half a billion dollars in profits last quarter.



6 thoughts on “A predictable move from our local defenders of the American Oligarchy

  1. Here is The Fair Wage Folks’ response to the Chamber. You can also find our response, with links in the article at

    The Fair Wage Folks on the
    Eureka Chamber of Commerce Disingenuous Scare Tactics

    May 21, 2014

    Eureka, CA: “And they were wrong!” Those are the words of Professor Scott Meyers-Lipton of San Jose State University when talking about the gloom and doom forecasts by opponents of Measure D, which raised the minimum wage for the City of San Jose. One year since San Jose residents passed Measure D, raising the minimum wage, employment is up, more businesses have been created, existing businesses thrive (including restaurants), and work hours remain the same. Here, the Eureka Chamber of Commerce doom and gloom response to the Eureka Fair Wage Act perpetrates the same old lie- that paying workers fairly kills jobs. The facts prove the Chamber’s statement to be nothing more than fear mongering. The Eureka Chamber of Commerce is just flat out wrong, as it raises the same old tired objections that were erroneously made about San Jose’s successful Measure D.

    In California, higher minimum wage initiatives have passed whenever put to a vote of the people. The economies of those higher wage communities have done consistently better then their lower wage neighbors. This trend is also seen throughout the country. It is a shame that the Eureka Chamber failed to do any research. We could have provided the Chamber with the data from cities including San Jose,California and Santa Fe, New Mexico so it could make an informed decision and understand that Eureka will thrive with higher wages. Many studies showing the positive, indisputable effects of raising the minimum wage are linked on our website, fairwages.org.

    The business and labor playing fields are not level now. The Eureka Fair Wage Act will help to make things more level, that’s right, fair. Huge corporations like Walmart and Target use slave labor in China, abusing millions of workers abroad and crushing local competition here in the U.S. Look at all the empty store fronts they have created in Eureka.

    The empirical data all show that measures raising the minimum wage boost local business and strengthen local economies. It is a shame that the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, an entity supported by local tax dollars, is shilling for out-of-town corporations and acting against the peoples’ well-being- with no regard for the facts.


    Prof. Scott Meyers-Lipton after Measure D implemented for a year in San Jose: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=477482459046112&saved

    Ref: http://seattletimes.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/opinionnw/files/2014/04/Berkeley-minimum-wage-study.pdf

    Ref: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_25315215/san-jose-minimum-wage-year-old-success-story

    The Fair Wage Folks is a committee created for the purpose of passing the Eureka Fair Wage Act (Minimum Wage Ordinance on Nov 2014 ballot). The committee includes the drafters and primary circulators of the initiative.

    Web: fairwages.org
    Facebook: Fair Wage Folks
    (707) 442-7465

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  2. I think there should be a law forcing Congress to raise the minimum wage every time they give themselves a raise. If someone making over a hundred grand a year is feeling the pinch of inflation, it stands to reason everyone at the bottom is too. I would invite naysayers to point out the last economic crash that was the result of raising the minimum wage. The folks that caused the last one still got their bonuses. Don’t you usually get a bonus for doing a GOOD job? The American taxpayer saved us all from going off a cliff, think of raising the minimum wage as our ‘bonus’ for doing that.

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  3. I hope this passes, if only to create evidence that increasing the minimum wage doesn’t reduce economic activity. Yeah, it will put pressure on smaller business owners to look for ways to be more efficient. Some won’t be able to figure that out. There’s no law that says business owners always have to make a lot more than any of their employees. Overall, it will result in wealth being more fairly distributed.

    When slavery was outlawed it also put pressure on slave owners to find ways to make do without unpaid workers. That caused some difficult economic changes, but it worked out well.


  4. William Carson reduced the workday in his mills by a couple of hours and forced other mill owners to follow suit. As you can see, it really hurt his bottom line.

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  5. Didn’t the San Jose ordinance only raise their minimum wage to $10 per hour?

    In an area where the cost of housing is double or triple Eureka’s their measure is only 50% of Eureka’s poorly written & poorly thought out measure.


  6. The Eureka Fair Wage Act impacts only large profitable companies with 25 or more employees who can afford $12 an hours while the San Jose ordinance applies to all employers. The Eureka Fair Wage Act leaves truly small local Mom & Pops (including small non-profits) unaffected and thus levels the playing field for them and allows them competitive flexibility to compete with global corporations.

    What is so poorly thought out about that?

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