San Jose Minimum Wage Hike Measure Kicks Off Campaign
While most political campaigns won't begin until after Labor Day, the drive to raise San Jose’s minimum wage is already getting under way. Proponents rallied Tuesday night to drum up support for the measure, which would hike the wage from $8 an hour to $10 an hour.
Opponents say the measure will hurt San Jose businesses, but Cindy Chavez, executive officer of the South Bay Labor Council, disagrees.
“First of all, many businesses pay a decent wage already, and it puts them at a competitive disadvantage if they’re competing against people who are paying $8 an hour," she says. “And what we’re trying to do is really raise the bar.”
The campaign announced some key endorsements, including the United Way, Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits.