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Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Workers gained new protections in Silicon Valley on March 21 when the Santa Clara City Council voted unanimously to allow food and building service workers to keep their jobs for an extended period after a company changes how it handles their work. Under the new ordinance, larger companies will retain janitors, food service workers, security guards […]

Special Series: A Hip Hop Artist Pursues Progress in Silicon Valley

  In December 2014, Andrew Bigelow helped residents living in “The Jungle” – a homeless encampment in San Jose, California – move their belongings in their search for affordable housing. It was one of the largest encampments of its kind in the country. City officials were closing the Silicon Valley encampment. If the residents remained, […]

Health Care Pilot Program Is Approved in Calif. County

Health Care Pilot Program Is Approved in Calif. County

Thousands of people who didn’t qualify for affordable health coverage in California’s Santa Clara County will soon be able to get preventative care at a community clinic, regardless of immigration status or income, through a pilot program, Working Partnerships USA, a grassroots organization, reported. Earlier this month, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved […]

Silicon Valley City Backs $15 Hourly Wage

Silicon Valley City Backs $15 Hourly Wage

Mountain View, California – a major city in Silicon Valley and home to Google – is embracing a new minimum wage that labor advocates and hourly workers across the country have dubbed the “Fight for $15.” The City Council gave final approval on Nov. 10 to an ordinance that calls for a $15 per hour […]

Labor vs. Silicon Valley, David vs. Goliath?

Labor vs. Silicon Valley, David vs. Goliath?

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Silicon Valley County Passes $19.06 Wage for Contractors

Silicon Valley County Passes $19.06 Wage for Contractors

  Santa Clara County – which covers much of Silicon Valley – took a major policy step on Dec. 16 regarding the living wage for contractors by lifting the hourly pay to $19.06 and approving paid sick leave for them, according to Working Partnerships USA. The dollar amount – which supporters are calling “the nation’s […]

Silicon Valley Set to Gain More Affordable Housing

Silicon Valley Set to Gain More Affordable Housing

  San Jose, California – one of Silicon Valley’s key cities – will soon see more affordable housing amid the pricey real estate in the high technology area, thanks to two years of advocacy work by grassroots, faith and business groups.  The San Jose City Council on Nov. 18 approved a housing impact fee of […]