There can be no true social justice without economic equity. It is 2018 and Women still earn considerably less than their male counterparts for men in the same line of work. The movement for equal pay for equal pay is still strong despite #45 gutting equal pay provisions. The average woman earns just 77¢ for every $1 made by a man in the same job. This wage gap will cost a woman $443K over the course of her career - enough to pay off a mortgage or to send three students to the University of California. And if you are a woman of color, that number gets even smaller: Black Women make just 63¢ and Latinx Women make just 54¢ for every $1 earned by a white man doing the same job. Those are crisis numbers -- and we owe it to women and their families to end pay discrimination.
It costs a lot to live in the Bay and studies show a hourly wage of nearly $44.00 is need to truly 'live affordably'. In the absence of same, let's advocate for Income Equity through living wages and paid benefits based on the COLA for the SF Bay Area (currently estimated at $26.75/hr +$4.36 hr bens) and insist on the enforcement of existing wage & hour regulations.
As well, we need true Workforce Development & Worker Justice that (a) enforces existing policies requiring local hires & respects, (b) support of workers’ rights to unionize, collectively bargain, & develop CLAs (community labor agreements) which reflect the needs of the community, (c) includes a progressive tax system tied to local budgets that prioritize workforce development & other needs of the community, (d) provide improved access to discounted/no-charge access to public transportation for low-income and workforce development community members, and (e) support community workforce development and pathways to employment programs to train workers for good-paying careers.
We also need to enforce & develop Equity Policies that promote racial, gender & cultural equity in employment & business development, enforcing existing policies and enacting new policies as required, with a significant focus on underserved/under-participating minority communities in priority and emerging industries. We must create a central good governance program within the district with offices in each major city to audit/track implementation of programs and social services policies. Protect and expand community programs and organizations.
I have a proven record of creating worker-friendly policies and will utilize my 25+ years of experience to help create innovative workforce development initiatives to help close economic gaps for women and our most underserved and vulnerable groups including those considered 'unemployable', plus work with local leaders to obtain the funds we need to improve the conditions of our crumbling roads, structures, & public buildings, esp. in marginalized & low-income areas.
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