John Fullerton has made it very clear that he hated Eureka’s Measure R minimum wage increase. He said that an increase MUST BE county wide, not just for the city of Eureka.
Fullerton in his own words:
“[The Fair Wage Folks] probably meant well but they made this measure too radical,” he says. “I’m not opposed to a minimum wage [increase] at all — I think minimum wage should be increased. There are right ways and there are wrong ways. Measure R is a wrong way.”
In fact, John Fullerton has put forward a plan for raising the minimum wage in Humboldt:
THE FULLERTON PLAN:
Measure R (the minimum wage increase measure for Eureka) is a job killer and must be defeated. Some people said “you can’t just say no, what is your plan” So the following is my plan for an increase that won’t cost jobs or cause a serious and sudden disruption to Eureka’s economy.
1) My plan would be for the whole county and not discriminate against any one city.
2) There would be TWO rates. The lower one would be California’s mandated
rate of $9 per hour. Our lower rate would be for the following groups:
– Workers under 21. This will help them get their first job in life.
– Tipped employees like waiters & waitresses. They make more from their tips than they do from their hourly wages.
– People in their first six months on the job. This helps employers during new employees training period when they’re getting up to speed and are not as productive as they will be later.
3) The higher rate would be for everyone else. To give the local economy and employers time to adjust & minimize disruptions it would be phased in as follows;
$ 10 per hour on January 1st, 2015
$ 11 per hour on January 1st, 2016
$ 12 per hour on January 1st, 2017
4) My plan would give employers credit for their cost of providing health insurance and retirement plans. This will greatly encourage employers to offer those plans and wouldn’t that benefit everybody ?
Well, ol’ Johnny boy is backing away from his proposed plan….not unexpectedly. This is latest statement as it appeared in the comment section of the the North Coast Journal:
“It is a shame that Grant Scott Go-Forth is so perplexed as to why Measure R failed so badly. The answer is obvious to at least 62% of Eurekans. Measure R was an extreme Measure written by extremists with no business world experience.”
“All the other large cities, counties & states that passed minimum wage increases passed responsible increases that are phased in over time & not limited to small cities. It could happen in Humboldt County but not if the Occupy Eureka crowd are in charge.”
“Note to James Decker, you can kiss off any chance of any similar measure passing countywide unless you step aside and let moderates take over.”
This is not a surprise to us. In fact, when push comes to shove, Linda Alexander, John Fullerton, Matthew Owen, and the rest of the No on R bunch are going to back off of their promises to support a county wide wage increase. Why, you ask? Because they totally lied to defeat Measure R and they definitely don’t want workers to get paid more.
So we’re calling you out Alexander, Owen and Fullerton! You successfully killed measure R and prevented a much needed lift for Eureka’s working poor.
So now it’s on you, we all know you own 4 Supervisors, get them to take action on your plan, or show yourself to be the LSOS’s we know you are.