“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.
“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.
“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 folks 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.
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.