Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Organizers Seek $15 Hour Wage in Sacramento
A group of community organizers on Monday formally launched a $15 hourly minimum wage ballot measure in Sacramento. The group, known as Raise the Wage Sacramento, must now collect signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
"We will take our ballot initiative and shop it for endorsements" to fund and operate a campaign, said Tamie Dramer, chair of Organize Sacramento, a group affiliated with Raise the Wage Sacramento.
The initiative would override the city's $12.50 minimum wage ordinance passed in October, starting with a minimum wage of $11.50 in 2017 and rising to $15 in 2020, with inflation adjustments thereafter. It would also provide workers with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
The group backing the measure is an informal community coalition of groups. One of them, Organize Sacramento, receives its funding from multiple foundations, including the California Endowment. The region's biggest labor group, the Sacramento Central Labor Council, has not taken a position on this proposed initiative, so it's unclear to what extent unions would be bankrolling the measure. The labor council has stated it generally supports a $15 minimum wage, but not gone into specifics.
The Raise the Wage measure could be one of several $15 minimum wage measures that have been proposed but not yet qualified for the ballot.
On Monday, Dramer submitted "notice of intent" for the ballot measure and the $200 filing fee, confirmed the City Clerk's office. The Sacramento City Attorney now has 15 days to return the ballot title and summary. Once those documents are given to proponents, they have 180 days to circulate petitions and collect signatures. Dramer said the group needed to submit over 21,500 signatures, or 10 percent of registered voters.
Allen Young covers state and city government, economic development, education and transportation.
Reposted from Sacramento Business Journal.