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Rose Parade Glitz Hides Pasadena Poverty and Inequality

POP Minimum Wage Campaign

But it won’t be a happy new year for thousands of Pasadena workers and their families if the Pasadena City Council freezes their wages. In this article today in Pasadena Now, Mark Maier and I look at the gap between Pasadena’s reputation and its reality: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/guest-opinion-rose-parade-glitz-hides-pasadena-poverty-and-inequality.  Pasadena is the second most unequal city in California. Also, one quarter of Pasadena households (not individuals) earn less than $35,000 a year. The gap between low wages and sky-high rents causes enormous hardship and suffering, and hurts the local economy. But the City Council can help.  In February, the Council will vote on whether to freeze the city’s current minimum wage or continue the gradual annual increase to $15/hour by 2020 (with a one-year delay for businesses with 25 or fewer employees).   Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!) is leading the campaign to persuade the City Council to keep its promise to low wage workers and increase Pasadena’s minimum wage so it is the same as the minimum wage in LA and Altadena.  If you live or work in Pasadena, please contact Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and your City Council member and let them know how you feel about this. If you’d like to get involved with the campaign, let us know.  Thanks.

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PROTECT PASADENA WAGES

POP Minimum Wage Campaign

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Thanks to efforts by you and others, Pasadena adopted a minimum wage law in 2016 requiring employers with 26 or more employees to pay their workers $13.25/hour and employers with 25 or fewer employees paying $12/hour. This minimum wage law puts more dollars into the wallets of low-income earners. This benefits the entire Pasadena economy with added spending power.

Now the minimum wage increase is in danger! Pasadena’s ordinance is unique. It requires the City Council to vote in February, 2019 to continue the path to $15 by 2020 for large employers, and 2021 for small employers.

We need your help!  Please contact your City Council Member and ask them to ratify the Council’s unanimous 2016 decision and VOTE YES IN FEBRUARY, 2019 to guarantee low income workers receive the minimum wage increases until they reach $15/hour in 2020.

Don’t know who your City Council Member is? Use the City of Pasadena Interactive Map to find your Council District and Council Member: https://findmydistrict.cityofpasadena.net/
Then let us know your Name, Email Address and Council District by emailing Pasadenans for Progress (POP!) at pop@poppasadena.org

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