Adopted by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Wednesday, February 5, 2014
WHEREAS the California minimum wage is currently $8.00 per hour which only allows an employee in California working a full-time, 40-hour week for 52 weeks per year to earn $64.00 per day or $16,640 per year; and
WHEREAS the current pre-tax “very low income” threshold (50% of the Area Median Income) for the Oakland Metropolitan Region is $32,200 for a single-earner household-nearly twice the amount earned by a full-time worker making minimum wage; and
WHEREAS the City of San Jose voted in November 2012 to raise the minimum wage in their city to $10 per hour, including an annual cost of living adjustment, and the minimum wage in the City of San Francisco is now $10.74 per hour, also with an annual cost of living adjustment;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC) calls on the City of Berkeley to adopt a Minimum Wage Ordinance that would raise the hourly wage to at least $10.74 per hour for business with fewer than 50 employees and at least $13.34 per hour for businesses with 50 or more employees, and include a cost of living adjustment and, by June 2015, an additional health care requirement equivalent to $2.22 for all businesses;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the ACDCC urges the City of Berkeley to adopt a Minimum Wage Ordinance that, over time, will increase the minimum wage for businesses with fewer than 50 employees until it reaches parity with the Berkeley Living Wage in 2022.
Respectfully Submitted by Jesse Arreguin and Andy Kelley, AD 15 Members, Igor Tregub, AD 15 Alternate, and Peter Albert