WHY IS THIS NECESSARY?
Humboldt County’s poverty rate - at 19.2% - is seven points higher than the statewide average which is 12.4%, ranking Humboldt County as 56th poorest of 58 CA counties. While wages and employment are down, corporate profits are thriving. The people of Eureka have written and qualified a ballot measure, MEASURE R, that will effect a $12 per hour minimum wage in our city, which would apply to employees working for large, corporate employers like Walmart and Target. Why are we doing this? Eureka deserves a raise, and these companies can afford to pay the working people and families in Eureka a living wage. Nobody who works full time should have to live in poverty. Want to know more?
WHAT ARE THE FACTS?
Increasing the minimum wage helps workers make ends meet and small local businesses succeed. Research shows that raising the minimum wage increases employment and job opportunities, does not significantly raise prices, and does not harm small businesses. In fact, small businesses have been among the main beneficiaries of minimum wage ordinances. "This isn't what I've heard...how could that be true?" Well, we'll give you the facts, and more importantly, we'll tell you exactly where we're getting them from. Measure R endorsers include the Humboldt /Del Norte Central Labor Council, Operating Engineers Local Union #3, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local #5, Natalie Arroyo, Chris Kerrigan, the Progressive Democrats, and the Roosevelt Institute at Humboldt State University.
HOW CAN I HELP?
MEASURE R will appear on the November 4th ballot. It took a lot of work by ordinary people to get it there. The Fair Wage Folks and proponents of Measure R are all volunteers. How can you help? Volunteer, host a gathering, donate to our campaign, join our mailing list, send us a message of support...and just remember to VOTE YES ON MEASURE R! We'd love to hear from you. We welcome our neighbors and fellow workers to help us win this victory for the people of Eureka! If you want to be a part of that, click below to find out how you can help.
There are now opportunities and NEED to canvass every day/evening! Please get in contact if you are interested in helping out. We need you! Let’s get out the vote and raise wages! You do not have to be a Eureka resident to help canvass.
We will do some rehearsing and preparation (so don’t worry if you have never gone door-to-door), then hit the streets in pairs. We will canvass no later than 8:15pm.
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arrange for assistance and transportation. Likewise, if you would like us to register you to vote, call us at that same number and we will come to you!