Supporters of a ballot initiative to raise Oakland’s minimum wage of $12.25 an hour announced they will submit their signatures to qualify for the November ballot to the City Clerk’s office on Friday morning.
Calling itself the first community-run campaign to qualify a ballot initiative in Oakland in five years, the petition drive has been led by the Lift Up Oakland Campaign, a coalition led by Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), East Bay Alliance for SEIU Local 1021, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, UNITE HERE 2850 and other groups.
The coalition must submit 35,000 valid signatures for the initiative to appear on the fall ballot.
“We know that the only way toward raising the minimum wage regionally is for Oakland to lead the way,” according to a press statement release by Lift Up Oakland, which criticized the wage proposals coming out of Berkeley and Richmond.
“The damaging proposal in Richmond and the watered down measure in Berkeley shows that only by direct citizen action can we lift up our communities and create a wage were workers can make ends meet,” the press release said.
For more information, go to www.liftupoakland.org/