San Francisco is becoming known for its worker-friendly policies, having recently voted to gradually raise its minimum wage — already nearly $3.50 above the federal minimum, at $10.74 per hour — to $15 per hour over three years.

On Tuesday afternoon, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors took another step in that direction, unanimously passing a “retail workers’ bill of rights,” the first such bill to be passed in a large US cityThat “bill” is in fact two pieces of legislation containing five provisions aimed at making life easier for hourly workers at the city’s chain restaurants and stores.


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        • It’s incredibly scenic. Drive a few miles in any direction and you’ll discover a completely different ecosystem – from dense fog-shrouded coastal forests to temperate hilly woodlands to semi-arid savannas to the hot interior valleys rich in agriculture. Drive a little further and you’ll be high in ski country atop some of the most majestic mountains in the continental U.S. As a young man, this was my magnificent playground.

          But, I moved out for good in the early 1990’s because of the horrible traffic (my career forced me to drive a lot). When you have a 70 mile-long bay smack-dab in the middle of everything, crisscrossed with bridges, there isn’t many places to go without encountering severe bottlenecks. The more you drive, the more stress you get.


  1. In UK a few years back there was a lot of gushing about “work life balance”. I suspected it was just Orwell-speak for short-term hours. Then zero hours contracts came in and no more talk about “work life balance” Well done San Fran, overdue, but badly needed – everywhere.

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  2. Reblogged this on Aware & Fair and commented:
    San Francisco shows the way: “Bills like this one are partially a response… to the decline of unions in the US. While scheduling and wages were once the province of union-business negotiations, labor’s waning power has driven these sorts of fights into the political arena, like City Hall and state houses.


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