2,700 SIGNATURES GATHERED TO RAISE EUREKA MINIMUM WAGE
They’re called the “fair wage folks,” and they’ve submitted 2,700 signatures in the hopes of changing Eureka’s minimum wage to $12.00 an hour. Over the last 6 months, their petition has been making its way around the city. It could qualify to be on the next election ballot. The current minimum wage is $8.00 an hour. The petition calls for large companies to raise their minimum wage form 8 to 12 dollars.
"$12 will lift people out of poverty,” says James Decker, who is active with the petition. “We need to improve the economy here in Eureka and every place that you raise the minimum wage, the economy improves. The best-case scenario... We'll be voting on this in June of this year.”
The city has 30-days to validate the petition. The city council has the option to then pass the initiative or put it on the ballot.