Peter Dreier: At 12:15 am Tuesday, the Pasadena City Council voted 7-0 to adopt a minimum wage policy that will lead to $15/hour by 2020. Pasadena Raises Minimum Wage
Peter Dreier and Mark Maier: The proposal that the City staff submitted to the City Council includes a number of troublesome loopholes that could seriously undermine the law’s effectiveness, make enforcement difficult, and hurt the local economy.
Peter Dreier: Pasadena workers and supporters are fighting for a living wage. Restaurant moguls Gregg and Bob Smith (owners of Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chop House, Smitty’s and Seco) want to stop them.
Brian Biery: In the 1960’s the U.S. made 95% of the clothing sold here; today that stat hovers around 3%. Why the dramatic shift? Profit.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months, scarcely two years after the “Fight for $15″ was dismissed as a pipe dream by some observers.
Elizabeth Ben-Ishai: The Pasadena Chamber pretends to care about the plight of working poor families by claiming that workers will become ineligible for the benefits they rely on if their wages increase, making them worse off.
Berry Craig: I wouldn’t bet the farm that Ford’s big-time faith in its unionized Bluegrass State factories will change Governor-Elect Matt Bevin’s mind about Right To Work.
Peter Dreier: Less than half a mile from where the Rose Parade route begins, near Millionaires Row, Pasadena becomes a city of low-wage workers, predominantly Latino and Black. Tens of thousands of residents struggle to meet their basic needs.
Sonia Singh: One way the center is trying to tackle the barriers that trap Black workers in low-wage jobs is by focusing on construction.
RJ Eskow: A new study from the International Monetary Fund concludes that unions reduce inequality and foster a healthier economy for everyone, mainly by preventing the wealthiest among us from keeping the fruits of a collaboratively created prosperity for themselves.
Rosemary Jenkins: They came—ready to march and chant, to pray and cajole. The message was clear: El Super cannot continue its heartless, self-serving, insensitive policies which not only negatively impact its workers but the safety of the community as a whole.
Peter Dreier: The 28-year old Almada was invited to the White House because of her leadership role in the union drive at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, where she began working in the intensive care unit (ICU) in 2011, right after she graduated from nursing school.
As religious leaders serving the Pasadena community, we bear witness to the everyday struggles of the working poor. While Pasadena is the home to great institutions and enormous wealth among its residents, we also see unbearable suffering among poor families, including many children.