Success: County Passes Highest Minimum Wage in the Country

Target: The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Goal: Applaud decision to pass a living wage for government contractors

Santa Clara County just passed the highest minimum wage in the country: $19.06 an hour for any contractor working with the county. This is an important step towards guaranteeing a living wage to everyone in the United States. A previous ForceChange petition called on leaders in California to increase the minimum wage and make it reflect the cost of living. Please join us in thanking the county’s Board of Supervisors for this important action.

Living wage struggles have been happening all over the country recently, with people calling to raise the minimum wage in many different industries, states, and cities. The current minimum wage does not reflect the cost of living and makes it impossible for people to support themselves and their families. Because of this, the fight for a living wage, a wage which allows people to pay for basic needs, became the center of many of these struggles.

Increasing the minimum wage to $19.06 is a huge improvement in comparison to the $7.25 federal minimum wage, but it is not the end of the fight. The majority of people working in the U.S. are still only guaranteed a much lower minimum wage, and there is still a lot of progress to make. Please join us in thanking the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, while also encouraging them to keep working to guarantee a living wage for all people.


Dear Santa Clara Board of Supervisors,

I am writing to thank you for a recent decision passed in Santa Clara regarding minimum wage. The decision to obligate all employers working with the county to pay their employees a minimum of $19.06 an hour made Santa Clara the county with the highest minimum wage in the entire country. This is a very important and positive decision, and is greatly appreciated by people fighting for a living wage all across the United States.

I would also like to encourage you to keep working on legislation to guarantee a living wage to all the residents of your county. This new law is very important, but it only applies to some employees in Santa Clara. Please keep up the good work and continue fighting to expand the rights of workers in your county.


[Your Name Here]

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