The ten dollar minimum wage stakes a money wage a San Diegan can own their life on. Rent. Groceries. And, the clothes a worker lives in.
The real buying dollar in the wage did not stay the same the last decade. Do Mayor Faulconer and the small business referendum supporters forget the wage that stays flat loses buying power when they decided to ask for a public agreement, by vote, on undoing the work done by San Diego council representatives on increasing the wage to pay the cost of living. Or, simply act to accomplish an old Republian goal. Keep the minimum wage below the living wage line.
Nothing can replace the lost market value in the wage dollars. Prices have unnecessarily gone up. Eight hundred dollar rent. And 4 dollar butter. Did Republicans champion the price inflation problem, and stop it? No. Then, do not refuse to work on a wage agreement with SanDiego's low wage hard working workers.
Leaving minimum wage workers behind on real income level, for any length of time, still, as it always has, proves a leader failed to guarantee all their citizens can earn a wage they can afford to live on. Like the workers befor ethem did. Renting a decent apartment.
TIme to save to buy a home is an old guarantee lost long before Faulconer took office. Make sure today's minimum wage counts for as much as we can afford to pay workers. In buying value.
Thirty days San Diegans will enter grocery stores to spend the pay they earned. Stopping to sign a petition for a referendum vote next June to repeal the minimum wage would undervalue a worker's own wage. The city can stay 34,000 signatures short of a vote.
"Don't Sign It," Raise Up San DIego says. Bill Walton and Irwin Jacobs, two active citizens working, with COuncilman Todd Gloria and Raise Up SanDiego, to stop the referendum, know how to do income and spending math a SanDiegan can use to live in today's inflated price city. Economic sense, to them, does not mean holding down labor value to keep prices from going up higher. A 11.50 an hour minimum wage makes sense.
Going back on a city decision to keep minimum wages up with price increases takes the trust in firm agreement on deciding economic policies good for all San DIegans out of San Diegan's support for leadership. Prices threw the cost of doing small business in SanDIego off its old easy to afford track. Do not put low wage workers inthe hard spot. And, refuse to take up the cost burden in the business market, and, support more price increases.
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