To listen to an audio of the presentation below please click here.

May 18, 2014

Public Service Announcement:

Ken Jacobs, chair of the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on Thursday, June 12th at 6 pm at 6225 State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park.

He will discuss the new book he has co-edited, "When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level," about the multiple ordinances implemented in San Francisco over the last 15 years to raise pay by living wage and city-wide minimum wage ordinances, provide universal health care and paid sick days, and to protect the right to organize.

Jacobs will also examine the lessons of the San Francisco experience for the Sonoma County.

In the summer of 2014, a coalition of more than 30 labor, faith, environmental and community-based organizations will introduce a Living Wage Ordinance to the County of Sonoma. The ordinance will require that the county, large county contractors and any firms receiving economic development assistance or leasing county property, pay their workers a living wage of $15 an hour.

A brief update of our campaign for a Living Wage Ordinance at the County of Sonoma will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. Dessert and coffee served at 6 pm and the program begins at 6:30 pm. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

Marty Bennett
Co-Chair, North Jobs with Justice

For immediate release: January 21, 2014FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 21, 2014
Contact Daniel Massey: 646-200-5323


New book examines series of laws that successfully raised wages and improved benefits for tens of thousands of workers, without hurting employment

BERKELEY, CALIF—As President Obama prepares to make inequality a centerpiece of next week's State of the Union Address, a new book from the University of California Press shows that lawmakers might want to turn to San Francisco as they look to tackle one of the country's most serious problems.

The book examines a bold experiment over the last 15 years to raise low-wage workers' pay and improve benefits in San Francisco, one of America's largest cities. Beginning in the late 1990s the City by the Bay enacted nearly a dozen laws to raise pay, improve benefits, expand health care access and extend paid sick leave for low-wage city residents and workers. Despite warnings about negative effects, these new policies significantly improved pay and benefits for tens of thousands of people—without negatively affecting employment, the book shows.

"In the face of growing income inequality, these laws have appreciably helped a large number of people hit hardest by the changing economy—raising real wages and expanding benefits for those at the bottom in opposition to national trends," said Ken Jacobs, chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center and an editor of the book.

The book, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level, is edited by Mr. Jacobs, Michael Reich and Miranda Dietz. It shows that more than one in five San Francisco workers, including most of the low-paid workers in the city, now receive higher pay and increased benefits as a result of the laws.

77,500 low-wage workers are receiving higher pay; the minimum wage law alone put $1.2 billion in the pockets of workers
59,000 workers can stay home from work when they or a loved one is sick without risk of losing a job or a paycheck
More people have access to health care—three-quarters of city employers have invested more in health care
San Francisco's new labor standards have brought substantial improvements in compensation and access to health care to tens of thousands of low-wage workers and their families. In 2013, workers in San Francisco were eligible to receive a minimum wage of $10.55, up from $6.75 at the end of 2003; up to $2.33 in mandated health compensation; and one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The total of $13 an hour in mandated compensation for workers in large firms is 80 percent more than the federal minimum wage.

Real wages at the bottom of the economy have been growing in San Francisco, while declining in surrounding counties. But employment in low-wage industries, such as food services, has gone up despite the wage increases, showing that improving standards for workers does not harm businesses.

From 2004 to 2011, when the minimum wage ordinance went into effect, overall private employment grew by 5.6 percent in San Francisco and 3.0 percent in Santa Clara County and fell by 4.4 percent overall in other counties of the Bay Area. Among food service workers, who are more likely to be affected by minimum wage laws, employment grew by 17.7 percent in San Francisco, faster than either the other counties of the Bay Area (13.2 percent growth) or Santa Clara County (13.1 percent growth). And turnover has gone down, decreasing, for example, by 60 percent for low-wage occupations at San Francisco International Airport.

"Every time one of these laws was debated some people said this policy would hurt the economy and kill jobs -- and every time they were wrong," said Miranda Dietz, a research data analyst at the Labor Center. "The sky-will-fall admonitions from opponents never materialized, as the laws did not hurt employment at all."

The studies in the book use data to analyze the real world economic impact of the laws. They put economic theory to the test – and find that the oversimplified theories of Econ 101 do not capture the ground-level reality of how these laws are positively affecting San Francisco's economy and the workforce in the real world. While wages have stagnated for a majority of Americans and decreased for many, San Francisco has bucked the national trend of declining wages over the last decade for workers at the bottom of the pay scale.

San Francisco's experiment is catching on in a growing number of cities. City-wide minimum wage laws were recently passed in San Jose, CA, the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, and Washington DC and its surrounding suburbs—areas with similar patterns of economic growth with increased inequality and a loss of middle-paying jobs as San Francisco. And other cities, including Chicago, Seattle and New York, are now looking to do the same. A proposal in Los Angeles would set the minimum wage for large hotels to $15 an hour.

"Washington's inaction and the decrease in workers covered by a union contract have made cities' role in raising labor standards more important than ever," said Michael Reich, director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at Berkeley. "More work needs to be done, but San Francisco has created a viable model for other cities, states and the federal government to combat the growing spread of low-wage work, economic insecurity and income inequality that threatens America's economic future."


Job Announcement: Lead Organizer

North Bay Jobs with Justice/Living Wage Coalition seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Lead Organizer. North Bay Jobs with Justice/Living Wage Coalition seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Lead Organizer. Deadline for applying is June 11th.

North Bay Jobs with Justice is a long-term, strategic alliance of labor, faith, immigrant rights, civil rights, and community-based organizations working together to build a progressive movement for economic and social justice. North Bay Jobs with Justice is based upon a direct action model of solidarity and reciprocity, and we organize strategic campaigns in the common interests of our broad-based membership. Campaigns include: the right to organize, living and minimum wage, anti-big box, immigrant rights, racial and gender justice, community benefits, health care for all, opposing cuts to the social safety net, corporate accountability and tax fairness. The organization is affiliated with the national Jobs with Justice network and is based in Sonoma and Marin counties with an office in Santa Rosa, California.

Job Description

Organizing responsibilities:

·       Collaborate with Executive Committee, that acts as the Board of Directors, and the Steering Committee, that has representatives from each member organization, to develop annual strategic plan and campaign priorities, and to develop agendas for the monthly and quarterly meetings.

Build consensus on common goals and priorities among the diverse member organizations and other community stakeholders.

Develop strategic direct action campaigns for economic and social justice and coordinate campaign implementation, mobilization, and evaluation.

Support Jobs with Justice committees that are the foundation of the chapter by providing logistical support, facilitating communication and coordination between committees, and developing agendas and campaign materials.

Encourage, foster, and develop the skills of rank and file members to play leading roles in strategic campaigns, committees, and building the organization.

Maintain and develop a bilingual print, social media, and web based communication infrastructure for the organization; and maintain a wide range of contacts with local and regional media.

Serve as the primary spokesperson for the organization and represent the organization to the media, elected officials, the general public, and at a variety of labor and community coalition tables.

Administration, fundraising, & nonprofit management responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Executive Committee to develop the annual budget; and participate in the fundraising committee to raise funds through a combination of member dues,      grassroots fundraising, and foundation grants.
  • Write grants and maintain relationships with foundations and major donors.
  • Recruit and supervise new staff, volunteers, and interns.
  • Co-ordinate all reporting. Manage the administration of the organization in collaboration with the officers, book keeper, and consultants including: maintain the financial records and minutes of meetings, meet annual federal and state reporting requirements, and maintain the organizational database.

 Key Qualities and Competencies

* Strong commitment to and understanding of worker justice and the labor movement.

* 3-5 years experience labor or community organizing including base building, leadership development, campaign research, and communications. This may include volunteer experience and participation in campaigns as a rank and file organizer.

*Ability to work collaboratively within a diverse organization.

* Knowledge, skill, and experience in developing and leading effective campaign strategy and commitment to developing rank and file leadership.

* Strong verbal and written communication skills.

* Ability to provide oversight for finances and record keeping.

*Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and experience or the ability to learn social media, Access, Quick books, Salsa labs and other applications;

*Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed.

*Own a vehicle that can be used for work; possess a valid driver’s license and car insurance.

 Additional qualifications and skills desired:

*Bi-lingual English and Spanish

*Teaching or training experience                                                                

*Knowledge of and participation in Jobs with Justice campaigns

*Experience with coalition based organizing



Anticipated starting annual salary of $40,000-$45,000 depending on experience; fully paid comprehensive health and dental benefits; three weeks paid vacation and paid holidays.

Submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three relevant recommendation letters and contact information by May 12, 2014 to: North Bay Jobs with Justice, PO Box 427, Santa Rosa, CA. 95402 or email to: Candidates may email or call (707) 346-1187 for further information or to confirm receipt of an application. For information about the new North Bay Jobs with Justice chapter (formerly the Living Wage Coalition of Sonoma County) please click here.  

North Bay Jobs with Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage youth, people of color, women, LBGT, and differently-abled people to apply.

For information about the new North Bay Jobs with Justice chapter (formerly the Living Wage Coalition) please click here. 




Phone: (707) 346-1187

PO Box 427
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

facebookVisit us on Facebook