Groups gather signatures to raise Oakland's minimum wage

February 15, 2014 3:32:33 PM PST
A group of people focused on raising Oakland's minimum wage gathered signatures Saturday to try and put the issue on the ballot.

The Lift Up Oakland Coalition was among the groups pounding the pavement at the Fruitvale BART station.

They explained to potential supporters that the $8 minimum wage just doesn't cut it.

"And it's just not enough for working families to survive on. They can't make ends meet and they can't put food on the table or clothes on their kids' backs. So, $12.25 is really a good start toward self-sustainability for families, so they can take care of themselves and so we can build our local economy," Jahmese Myres said.

A large part of the argument to raise the minimum wage is that it will lead to more local spending.

That spending then leads to more taxes paid to benefit local schools and to make streets safer.


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