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Effective April 8, 2014: The Graton Day Labor Center is excited to announce new minimum wages for general and skilled labor
The Graton Day Labor Center (GDLC), a worker-led center, has engaged in a several month long process to establish new hourly minimum wage rates that honor the dignity of an honest day’s work. Day laborers organized, voiced, and debated in regular worker assemblies that emphasize a democratic grassroots participatory process. Throughout this organizing effort day laborers discussed the value of their labor and a fair wage that would allow each to be self-sufficient in providing for their families. Based on hiring data from the last six months, employers have been paying wages that have trended at $15 an hour for general labor and $15-$20 for heavy and skilled labor. These trending wages are now reflected in the new minimum wage rates that are meant to be an appropriate compensation for the hard work provided by day laborers.
“Low wage immigrant workers are an essential workforce that contribute to the community in numerous ways who deserve a fair and livable wage for their labor. At a time when the cost of living continues to rise this new minimum wage ensures that workers will have a better opportunity to provide for their families,” adds Jesús Guzmán, Lead Organizer for the Graton Day Labor Center. The last time a change had been made to the minimum wage at GDLC was well over a decade ago when it had been set to $12 an hour. The new minimum wages take into account several contributing factors including trending employer wages, skill, physicality, risk of injury, and cost of living.
“It’s really beautiful when people come together, particularly vulnerable workers come together, and they decide that their work has more value than what they have been
charging, and they decide to stick together, and demand better wages and working conditions. When workers rally in difficult circumstances that lifts the expectations for other sectors of workers to demand better wages and working conditions for themselves. Those who struggle the most, often make the biggest changes for the rest of us,” comments Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
The Graton Day Labor Center is proud to be partnering with you to help promote a living wage in West Sonoma County.