Because we need higher wages and stable hours, JwJ organizes with low-wage workers in the growing but underpaid retail sector.
In 2014, JWJ led two coalitions that achieved groundbreaking public policy victories for low-wage workers in San Francisco. JWJ convened the Campaign for a Fair Economy that led the effort to pass a new Minimum Wage Ordinance, a November ballot measure that will raise the San Francisco minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018. Through the ordinance, 142,000 low-wage workers will increase their aggregate earnings by $397 million per year. JWJ also convened the coalition and led the campaign to create the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a package of first of their kind labor policies that promote full-time employment, fair and predictable schedules and job security for 40,000 low-wage service, restaurant and service workers in San Francisco. Adopted unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in December 2014, the Retail Worker Bill of Rights campaign and policies are already serving as a model for similar efforts in other cities and states around the country.