Minimum Wage Victory Celebration in Oakland

In November, Oakland voters overwhelmingly voted to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 an hour starting March 1. Local 21 was proud to support this measure and campaign for its passage. It means a long overdue raise for tens of thousands of low-wage workers in fast food, health care, and even some City of Oakland workers.
 
This measure was inspired by San Jose’s successful effort last year to raise the minimum wage.  The Oakland measure was joined on the same ballot to raise the minimum wage in San Francisco. The San Francisco measure also passed with overwhelming support. Minimum wage measures are under consideration in Contra Costa County, Hayward, and cities and counties throughout the Bay Area.
 
Now it’s time to celebrate a tremendous step forward in reducing economic inequality in Oakland and prepare for the work ahead to make sure that every worker has a living wage.