Students, community activists and other supporters of a raise in San Jose’s minimum wage begin the campaign this weekend, to ensure passage of the measure in the November election. Distributing buttons, bumper stickers and other campaign information, the group plans to visit small businesses in the downtown area to gather support for the measure that would establish a citywide minimum wage at $10 an hour. That’s two dollars more than the current state minimum wage.
“We’re energized and excited about this campaign,” said Professor Scott Myers Lipton, the SJSU professor whose students began working on the issue almost two years ago and helped bring it to this point. “We hope we can make businesses understand this policy will be good for them and good for the economy,” he said.
Next Gen Bay Area, an organization of young activists who want to effect positive change for working families, is involved in the campaign as well. Several members will be canvassing businesses for their support, hoping those stores and restaurants will follow the lead of Alexandra Dorian, owner/chef of Emile’s Restaurant.
“This will do nothing but drive the economy here,” said Dorian as she addressed the San Jose City Council May 22 before council members voted to put the measure on the November ballot.
Supporters of the increase plan to canvass businesses all over San Jose to gather support and talk to voters in an effort to pass the measure.