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Salario Mínimo de Oakland sube el 1 de enero

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La Medida FF de Oakland, una medida electoral promulgada por los votantes aprobada en noviembre de 2014, ofrece aumentos anuales al Salario Mínimo de Oakland basada en los Precios locales al Consumidor (IPC).

 

 

A partir del 1 de enero la tasa se eleva a 30 centavos la hora, de $ 12.25 a $ 12.55.

 

La ley requiere que los empresarios informen a los empleados del aumento para diciembre 15. Para ayudar a los empleadores, socios de la Ciudad de Oakland serán los anfitriones de varios talleres en las próximas semanas.

 

 

La ciudad también ofrece carteles de notificación oficiales, que se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de la ciudad en: oaklandnet.com/minimumwage.

 

 

Muchas ciudades y estados de todo el país han promulgado leyes de salario mínimo para que los trabajadores pueden ganar un salario que les permita mantenerse a sí mismos y a sus familias.

 

 

Los votantes de Oakland rotundamente pasaron la Medida FF con una mayoría del 82 por ciento en noviembre pasado. A nivel regional, varias ciudades también han promulgado leyes de salario mínimo comparables a la Ciudad de Oakland.

 

 

“Estoy muy orgullosa de que en Oakland – una ciudad donde el 90 por ciento de las empresas locales tienen 20 o menos empleados – los dueños de negocios han aceptado el reto de conocer nuestros nuevos requisitos de salario mínimo”, dijo la alcalde de Oakland Libby Schaaf.

 

 

Bajo la ordenanza de Oakland, los empleados que realizan al menos dos horas de trabajo en una semana de trabajo en particular dentro de Oakland – incluyendo a tiempo parcial, los trabajadores estacionales y temporales – se les debe pagar al menos el salario mínimo.

 

 

Los otros beneficios estipulados por la Medida FF – incluyendo licencia por enfermedad y el pago de los cargos por servicios de trabajadores de la hostelería – siguen siendo los mismos que cuando la ley laboral entró en vigor el 2 de marzo de 2015.

 

 

Los empleadores están prohibidos de descarga, reduciendo la indemnización o de otro modo discriminar contra cualquier persona que presenta una queja ante la ley.

 

 

Para cumplir con la Medida FF, los empleadores de Oakland – y los empleadores cuyos empleados trabajan por lo menos dos horas en una semana de trabajo en particular en Oakland – deben comenzar a pagar a sus empleados $ 12.55 por hora el 1 de enero.

 

 

Además, los empleadores deben distribuir y prominentemente mostrar los avisos de la nueva tarifa de salario mínimo de $ 12.55 a los empleados para el 15 de diciembre. Las notificaciones deben estar en los idiomas hablados por más del 10 por ciento de los empleados.

 

 

Cada nuevo empleado al momento de la contratación también debe recibir el aviso de la nueva tarifa de salario mínimo.

 

 

Para ayudar a los empleadores, la Ciudad de Oakland ha proporcionado carteles de notificación en Inglés, chino, español y vietnamita para su descarga en: oaklandnet.com/minimumwage.

 

 

Un taller, Nuevas Leyes de Empleo de Mastering Oakland, será el jueves, 12 de noviembre desde las 10 am hasta el mediodía en Auditorio Sala 1, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. El taller será presentado por el Centro de Desarrollo de Pequeños Negocios del Condado de Alameda y Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP.

 

 

Además, los consultorios jurídicos de negocio mensuales gratuitas y consultas para los empresarios o dueños de negocios que tienen preguntas legales son proporcionados por los Servicios Legales para Emprendedores, un programa del Comité de Abogados para los Derechos Civiles de la Bahía de San Francisco.

 

 

Para obtener más información sobre la clínica legal y asistencia técnica empresarial en general, póngase en contacto con el Centro de Asistencia Empresarial de la Ciudad de Oakland (BAC) en oaklandbusinesscenter.com, (510) 238 – 7952 o oaklandbac@oaklandnet.com.

 

 

También hay servicios para los empleados que creen que su empleador no está pagando el salario mínimo de los votantes por mandato y/o la prestación por enfermedad. Los empleados pueden contratar a un abogado para presentar una demanda contra su empleador o ponerse en contacto con la oficina de Contracts & Compliance de la Ciudad de Oakland al (510) 238-6258, o por correo electrónico: minwageinfo@oaklandnet.com. Para los que hablan español, llame al (510) 238-4728.

 

 

Para presentar una queja con la ciudad en español, visite oaklandnet.com/minimumwage y desplácese hacia abajo a los recursos para los empleados y hacer clic en Salario Minimo: Cuestionario Del Empleado y Declaración en Apoyo a su Queja. Después de la presentación de un formulario completo, un Oficial de Cumplimiento de Salarios Mínimos dará seguimiento.

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Policy Pathways Honors Former Mayor Elihu Harris and Six Youth Leaders

The recipients of the 2021 Youth Public Service Award are students from Virginia high schools.

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Policy Pathways has announced former Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris as its 2021 Policy Leadership Award recipient, along with six youth who will receive 2021 Youth Public Service Awards.

The award winners will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at the Policy Pathways Third Annual Fall Celebration from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The event will take place online and is open to the public.

Elihu Harris

Kayla Patrick

The keynote speaker will be Kayla Patrick, senior data  and policy analyst at the Education Trust. She has conducted several major reports on policy and data analysis on the education of girls, particularly those of color. She has been featured in The New York Times, MSNBC, and 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s education platform.

She will be receiving the Excellence in Public Policy and Administration Award.

Elihu Harris’s career in public service has spanned five decades. He is a former California assemblyman, executive director of the National Bar Association, mayor of Oakland, and chancellor of Peralta Community College District. Today, he is a private attorney and owner of the Harris Funeral Home in Berkeley.

Dr. Lenneal Henderson, visiting instructor at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, and board member and fellow of numerous humanitarian and cultural institutions, will introduce Harris.

The recipients of the 2021 Youth Public Service Award are students from Virginia high schools.

University students being honored include Virginia students who have proven themselves to be leaders in public service in academics, community involvement and vision of the future.

“During our Third Annual Fall Celebration, we celebrate the accomplishments of policy leaders and public servants who have inspired us through their work, courage, dedication, and sheer will to overcome the barriers they faced that could have easily derailed their dreams,” said Policy Pathways President and CEO, Dr. D. Pulane Lucas.

The Fall Celebration supports the operations and programs of Policy Pathways. To purchase tickets and sponsorships, go to https://policypathways.org/event/fall-celebration/. Contributions are tax-deductible. For more information about the event, contact info@policypathways.org or call (866)-465-6671.

Policy Pathways, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Richmond, Va., providing education, training, and leadership development to high school students, recent high school graduates, and community college and undergraduates students who desire to become leaders in the fields of public policy, public administration, and public service.

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City Must Pay Contractors, Businesses, Non-Profits Promptly

By restoring the Prompt Payment Ordinance, local organizations working for Oaklanders will be compensated in a timely manner and can do more work for Oakland as a result.

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Sheng Thao

I have introduced legislation to restore the City of Oakland’s Prompt Payment Ordinance and it will be heard at 1:30 p.m. by the City Council on October 19 because local contractors and local businesses need to be compensated in a timely manner for work they do on behalf of the City.

It’s unacceptable that the city is using the COVID-19 pandemic to delay payment to these local non-profit organizations.  By restoring the Prompt Payment Ordinance, local organizations working for Oaklanders will be compensated in a timely manner and can do more work for Oakland as a result.

In March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, then-Interim City Administrator, Steven Falk issued an Emergency Order suspending parts of the City’s codes to give the City the flexibility to navigate the uncertain times.  Few would have guessed then that the world would still be navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic nearly 18 months later. One of the ordinances suspended by the Emergency Order was the Prompt Payment Ordinance.

Oakland’s Prompt Payment Ordinance requires the City to compensate local businesses and contractors executing City grants or contracts within 20 days of receiving an invoice.  This allows local organizations providing services on behalf of the City of Oakland to be compensated in a timely manner and builds trust between these organizations and the city.  Local contractors and businesses provide a diverse set of services to the City, covering areas ranging from trash removal and paving to public safety.

Almost 18 months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland’s Prompt Payment Ordinance is still suspended.  Even as City staff have adjusted to working remotely and the City has adjusted to operating during the pandemic, there is no requirement that the City compensate its contractors or local businesses in a timely manner.

Oaklanders can comment at the meeting by joining the Zoom meeting via this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88527652491 or calling 1-669-900-6833 and using the Meeting ID 885 2765 2491 and raising their hand during the public comment period at the beginning of the Council meeting.

 

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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A’s Owner John Fisher Port Proposal No Good for Oakland

Billionaire John Fisher, owner of the A’s, has things to do before he can take over Oakland’s public port property to build malls and housing for the rich. 

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Howard Terminal on Port of Oakland Map

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Billionaire John Fisher, owner of the A’s, has things to do before he can take over Oakland’s public port property to build malls and housing for the rich. 

It is such a bad idea and the costs to the public are so ridiculous that logically it shouldn’t happen.  But this right-wing, Trump-supporting Republican has a boatload of money and a few corporation-oriented politicians to help him push it through.  

So, Oaklanders need to be active, or he might get it. Here are two of the things we need to act on: 

  1. Fisher won’t spend his own money.  So, he wants Alameda County to give up spending on things like the COVID-19 pandemic, so we residents can pay for his project with taxpayer money.  The vote on this will come up to the Board of Supervisors on October 26.  If you’d prefer that the County fund health care, housing and other resident necessities, ask them to vote “No.” Call your supervisor at 510-208-4949 and/or attend the meeting.
  2. The Oakland City Council will make the ultimate decision about Fisher’s project and there are a zillion reasons they should say “No.”  Among them: a) Fisher’s project requires that thousands of people run across the tracks of a busy railroad, which killed a number of people even before there were big crowds needing to get to their condos or a stadium.   b) And  Fisher’s project would wreck Oakland’s Port.  The “Seaport Compatibility Measures” necessary to keep the Port alive would cost hundreds of millions of dollars which would not be needed if it were not for Fisher’s project.  So, Fisher, not taxpayers, should pay for them. c)  And then there are all the other ways it will hurt the waterfront, the environment, and Port workers.

You can get contact information to reach your Council member here – https://www.oaklandca.gov/officials

Personally, any public official who votes for Fisher’s project will never get my vote again.   Call me hard-headed, but the harm to  Oakland as a working-class, multi-racial city, the harm to the ILWU (the union of Port workers, perhaps the most progressive union in America)  and the opposition of the people of East Oakland are enough to make my hard head think that’s what solidarity requires.

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