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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.

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/26/7290749/san-francisco-worker-bill-rights

9 thoughts on “San Francisco becomes first city in America to pass “retail workers bill of rights”

        • 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.

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  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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