THANK YOU POP! supporters for helping to make the City of Roses the CITY OF RAISES!

THANK YOU POP! supporters for helping to make the City of Roses the CITY OF RAISES!

THE PASADENA CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO KEEP ITS PROMISE, MADE IN 2016, AND CONTINUE THE INCREASE IN THE  MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 BY 2020!AND NOW IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE! Please join us More »

In Pasadena, the fight for a higher minimum wage got an assist from the Rose Queen

In Pasadena, the fight for a higher minimum wage got an assist from the Rose Queen

The Pasadena Rose Queen had a big high school physics project due Tuesday morning, so she hoped to get out of Monday night’s City Council meeting early. This did not happen. Click More »

PASADENA CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO INCREASE LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 BY 2020

PASADENA CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO INCREASE LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 BY 2020

The Pasadena City Council voted 7-1 Monday, February 11, to continue raising the City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.  This means workers in businesses with 26 or more employees More »

Correspondence on behalf of a coalition of Delegates and Delegates-elect representing voters of the 41st Assembly District in the California Democratic Party to the Pasadena City Council

Correspondence on behalf of a coalition of Delegates and Delegates-elect representing voters of the 41st Assembly District in the California Democratic Party to the Pasadena City Council

February 11, 2019 Mayor Terry Tornek District 1 Tyron A.L. Hampton District 2 Margaret McAustin District 3 John J. Kennedy District 4 Gene Masuda District 5 Victor M. Gordo District 6 Steve More »

City Council Approves Path to $15 Minimum Wage in 2020

City Council Approves Path to $15 Minimum Wage in 2020

Pasadena is back on a path to a $15 minimum wage in 2020. Following more than four-and-a-half hours of presentations and public comment, the Pasadena City Council Monday voted 7-1 to re-institute More »

THANK YOU POP! supporters for helping to make the City of Roses the CITY OF RAISES!

THE PASADENA CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO KEEP ITS PROMISE, MADE IN 2016, AND CONTINUE THE INCREASE IN THE  MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 BY 2020!
AND NOW IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Please join us on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm at the Pasadena Job Center at 500 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena.

Light snacks, drinks and live music
will be enjoyed by all!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Questions? Email us at pop@poppasadena.org

In Pasadena, the fight for a higher minimum wage got an assist from the Rose Queen

The Pasadena Rose Queen had a big high school physics project due Tuesday morning, so she hoped to get out of Monday night’s City Council meeting early.

This did not happen. Click HERE for the full article.

PASADENA CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO INCREASE LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 BY 2020

The Pasadena City Council voted 7-1 Monday, February 11, to continue raising the City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.  This means workers in businesses with 26 or more employees will get a raise to $14.25 in July, 2019 and $15 in July, 2020.  Workers in smaller businesses will get the same raises one year later. The action affirms the unanimous decision they made in 2016 establishing a local ordinance creating the path to $15/hour by 2020.

The advocates for raising the minimum wage, led by Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!), the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON), and workers at the Pasadena Job Center, mobilized more than 250 people to attend the council meeting at Pasadena City Hall. The victory was the culmination of a six-month grassroots organizing campaign led by POP! and NDLON with the support of many organizations and individuals. POP! is a multi-issue nonprofit community organization whose mission is to make Pasadena a more just, fair, and inclusive city.

“Mayor Tornek and the City Council proved Monday night with their votes that Pasadena is more than the City of Roses, it is a city of raises,” said Ed Washatka, a POP! Board Member. 

Among the more than 50 speakers during public comment were several low-wage workers who shared the hardship of living on minimum wage incomes, especially with Pasadena’s high cost of housing. There were also several youth who attended the meeting who described how they work to support their families. 

Other speakers in support of the path to $15/hour included representatives from the League of Women Voters, NAACP, the LA County Federation of Labor, All Saints Church, the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, SEIU, UNITE HERE, United Teachers of Pasadena, the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles, the YWCA, Day One, United Food and Commercial Workers, the LA and Orange County Building Trades Council, the Democratic Party, the Pasadena Tenants Union.

Additionally, Pasadena Unified School Board Members, Larry Torres (President) and Pat Cahalan (Vice President) spoke out in support, joining Board Member Elizabeth Pomeroy who expressed her support to the Council at a previous meeting.

The city’s 2016 minimum wage law set the city on the same schedule as the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. But unlike those two jurisdictions, the Pasadena law included a “pause,” to take place in February 2019. At Monday night’s meeting, the Mayor reminded his Council colleagues that the “pause” was designed to see if the minimum wage had created any economic “catastrophes” or if the larger economy was in the midst of a serious recession. Neither of those things occurred, Tornek said, leading him to join six of his colleagues in support of raising the city’s minimum wage.

POP! would like to express thanks to all community partners and individuals who participated in the campaign, and appreciation to the Pasadena City Council and Mayor for their bold and courageous leadership.

Juliana Serrano, POP! Board Member and staff at All Saints Church said “The true winners of this effort are the low wage workers who will now have higher wages because Pasadena decided to do the right thing.  All work is dignified and worthy of just wages. Pasadena has officially declared this through policy.”