BHC partners support raising the minimum wage in Long Beach

12034333_1486874421609439_7315253164365148893_o(español abajo) As the City of Long Beach explores raising the minimum wage, BHC Long Beach surveyed nonprofit partners and community members to bring their perspective to the minimum wage discussion. A supermajority of the 80 respondents, including 75 percent of our organizational-partner respondents, support the minimum wage increase without exceptions. The support of our nonprofit community is crucial as we work to raise Long Beach residents out of poverty and create strong protections against wage theft. To learn more about the Raise the Wage campaign, click here.

Economic Roundtable recently released a study on the impacts of raising Long Beach’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. Here are some key takeaways:

  • The annual earnings of workers in Long Beach will increase by about $405 million, with almost $130 million going to workers who also live in the City of Long Beach.
  • Added income from a $15 minimum wage will help over 6,500 workers with jobs in Long Beach rise out of poverty by 2020 and will reduce public assistance expenditures by $78 million.
  • More than 11,700 Long Beach residents now commute to low- and mid-wage jobs in the City of Los Angeles, where they will benefit from the recently approved $15 minimum wage in that city. This will raise the economic stimulus within Long Beach to over $174 million a year in increased sales within Long Beach.
  • The strongest impacts from raising the minimum wage will be felt in Long Beach’s lower-income neighborhoods, with total earned income increasing by as much as 4 percent in neighborhoods with the most low-wage workers.
  • Over 74 percent of low-wage Latino workers will be affected by the wage increase, followed by younger, female, and African American workers.

For the full report, click here.

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12010724_1486874898276058_5406704701020416898_oMientras la ciudad de Long Beach explora el aumento del salario mínimo, el BHC de Long Beach encuesto socios sin fines de lucro y miembros de la comunidad para debatir sus perspectivas sobre el salario mínimo. Una súper mayoría de 80 encuestados, incluyendo 75 por ciento de nuestros socios organizacionales, apoyan el incremento del salario mínimo sin excepciones. El apoyo de nuestra comunidad sin fines de lucro es crucial mientras trabajamos para reducir la pobreza entre los residentes de Long Beach y crear protecciones fuertes en contra del robo de salario. Para aprender más acerca de la campaña de aumento del salario, oprima aquí.

La mesa redonda de economía recientemente dio a conocer un estudio sobre el impacto de aumentar el salario mínimo en Long Beach a $15 por hora. Aquí unos puntos importantes:

  • Las ganancias actuales de los trabajadores en Long Beach aumentaría a cerca de $405 millones, con casi $130 millones para trabajadores que también viven en la ciudad de Long Beach.
  • Ingresos añadidos  de un salario mínimo de $15 ayudara a más de 6,500 trabajadores con empleo en Long Beach reducirá la pobreza para el 2020 y reducirán gastos de asistencia pública por $78 millones.
  • Más de 11,700 residentes de Long Beach se trasladan por puestos de trabajo de bajo y mediano salario la ciudad de Los Angeles, donde se beneficiarán de la reciente aprobación de salario mínimo de $15 en esa ciudad. Esto aumentara el estímulo económico en Long Beach a más de $174 millones al año en aumento de las ventas en Long Beach.
  • Los aumentos más Fuertes de aumentar el salario mínimo se sentirá en los vecindarios de bajos ingresos de Long Beach, con un total de ingresos aumentando hasta un 4 por ciento en vecindarios con trabajadores de los salarios más bajos.
  • Más del 74 por ciento de trabajadores latinos de bajos salaries se verán afectados por el aumento de sueldo, seguido por trabajadores jóvenes, mujeres y afroamericanos.

Para el reporte completo, oprima aquí.


Policy Changes Sought in Expanding Economic Opportunities for Residents

(español abajo) This summer’s uptick in violent crime has many searching for solutions. The saying “nothing stops a bullet like a job” seems fitting as community groups organize around policies that would improve Long Beach residents’ access to employment opportunities and higher wages.

Raising and Enforcing the Minimum Wage

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The Long Beach City Council votes 9-0 to study raising the minimum wage in Long Beach.

On August 11th, residents packed the city council chambers and spilled out into the overflow room when a study on raising Long Beach’s minimum wage was being considered. Those in favor of raising the wage shared the struggles faced by the nearly 40% of Long Beach workers who take home less than $15 an hour. Others pointed out that despite the concern Measure N–the ordinance approved by 64% of voters to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers–provoked prior to its passage in 2012, the hospitality industry continues to profit and grow in Long Beach.

Speakers from the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community and the Coalition to End Wage Theft said that in addition to raising the wage, proper payment also needs to be enforced. The Coalition to End Wage Theft has been working to build awareness about the realities of and solutions to wage theft. Workers not being paid properly or at all is a struggle many workers face. Restaurant workers, port-truck drivers, caregivers and others testified to this fact and asked council to build enforcement mechanisms into any wage increase.

After hearing many different perspectives in public comment, the council voted to move forward with the study to raise the minimum wage, which is expected to be complete in two months.

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Unemployment rates by zip code in the City of Long Beach.

Prioritizing Residents in Job Placements

Last spring, due to the advocacy efforts of community-based organizations and faith leaders, the city council adopted an agreement with building-trade unions that targets 40% of work hours to be done by local residents and 10% by “disadvantaged workers” for city construction projects over $500,000. Advocates believe that this is an important step forward and continue to promote ways that the policy could be strengthened in order to ensure that the local-hire targets are met.

Up next for consideration by council is a first-source hiring policy that would create a job referral system to connect job applicants to employers with job openings. An “advance notice” window would create a period of time (such as 10 days to 2 weeks) during which Long Beach residents are prioritized in interviews and hiring. Employers would benefit from this policy due to streamlined recruitment and hiring processes and reductions in worker turnover, and our city would benefit from local residents’ prioritization in hiring. The policy is slated to come before council on Tuesday, September 1st.

For more information about the economic justice campaigns listed, contact James at james@bhclongbeach.org or follow the hashtags #OurCityOurJobs, #EndWageTheftLB, and #RaiseAndEnforce15.

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Cabios en la póliza buscaron expandir oportunidades económicas para los residentes

El repunte de este verano en crímenes violentos tiene que buscar muchas soluciones. El refrán en  Inglés “no hay nada que detenga una bala como un trabajo” parece apropiado pues grupos comunitarios se organizan alrededor de pólizas que puedan mejorar el acceso de los residentes de Long Beach a oportunidades de trabajo  y salarios más altos.

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Workers facing wage theft joined the press conference outside Long Beach City Hall.

Aumentar y hacer cumplir el salario mínimo

El 11 de Agosto, los residentes llenaron las cámaras del ayuntamiento y el cuarto con espacio adicional cuando un estudio sobre aumento de salario mínimo en Long Beach fue considerado. Aquellos en favor de aumentar el salario compartieron las dificultades que enfrentan cerca de 40% de los trabajadores de Long Beach quienes llevan a casa menos de  $15 la hora. Otros señalaron que a pesar de la preocupación que la Medida N—la ordenanza  aprobada por 64% de votantes para aumentar el salario mínimo para trabajadores de hotel—provocaba antes de su paso en 2012, la industria hotelera continua lucrando y creciendo en Long Beach.

Oradores de Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community y Coalition to End Wage Theft dijeron que en adición de aumentar el salario, también se debe aplicar un pago apropiado. La Coalition to End Wage Theft ha estado trabajando  para crear conciencia acerca de las realidades y soluciones del robo de salario. Trabajar sin pago apropiado o completo, es una lucha que enfrentan muchos trabajadores. Trabajadores de restaurante, conductores de camiones del Puerto, cuidadores y otros atestiguaron este hecho y pidieron al consejo crear mecanismos de aplicación en cualquier aumento de salario.

Después de escuchar muchas perspectivas diferentes en comentarios públicos, el consejo voto para avanzar con el estudio para aumentar el salario mínimo, el cual se espera se completará en dos meses.

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Dando prioridad a residentes en plazas de trabajo

La primavera pasada, debido a los esfuerzos de defensa de organizaciones comunitarias y líderes religiosos, el ayuntamiento adopto un acuerdo con los sindicatos de la construcción para que tengan una meta de que 40% de las horas de trabajo sean realizadas por residentes locales y 10% por “trabajadores con desventajas”  para proyectos de construcción de la ciudad que excedan $500,000. Los defensores creen que este es un paso importante y continúan promoviendo formas para que la política se fortalezca para asegurar que los objetivos de empleo local se cumplan.

Lo que continua para consideración del consejo es una póliza de contratación de primera fuente que crearía un sistema de referencia de trabajo para conectar a solicitantes con empleadores con vacantes. Una ventana de “aviso de avance” crearía un periodo de tiempo (por ejemplo 10 días a 2 semanas) durante el cual lo residentes de Long Beach tendrán prioridad en entrevistas y contratación. Los empleadores se beneficiaran de esta póliza debido al proceso de selección y contratación aerodinámica  y reducciones en rotación de trabajadores, y nuestra cuida se beneficiara de la priorización de la contratación de residentes locales. La póliza está programada para llegar ante el consejo el martes 1ero de septiembre.

Para más información acerca de campañas de justicia económica listadas, contacte a James en james@bhclongbeach.org o siga los hashtags #OurCityOurJobs, #EndWageTheftLB, y #RaiseAndEnforce15.


Progress made as community members advocate for local jobs

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Map of Unemployment Rates by Zipcode

(español abajo) With rates of unemployment upwards of 19% in Central Long Beach and 10-12% in many other parts of the city, it’s clear that Long Beach needs policies that stimulate job creation and prioritize local residents. Given this reality, community-based organizations, faith leaders, and workforce-development specialists in Long Beach came together to create the Local Hire Coalition. Through coalition building and community organizing, the group is beginning to see some positive movement from policy makers.

The coalition initially formed to advocate for a meaningful local-hire policy to work in tandem with the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that the city recently negotiated with the building and construction trades. The coalition gathered over 1,600 petitions in support of local-hire provisions through outreach at churches and community events as well as an online petition. Coalition members, including leaders from the Long Beach Ministers Alliance, testified at city council on multiple occasions.

Due to the advocacy efforts of the Local Hire Coalition, the PLA includes provisions that at least 40% of work hours be done by local residents and 10% by “disadvantaged workers” for city construction projects over $500,000. On April 7th, City leaders adopted this historic PLA and voted to craft a separate Local Hire Policy which includes other employment sectors in addition to construction.

More work lies ahead to ensure that a strong long-hire policy is adopted and that good, living-wage jobs are accessible to Long Beach residents whose communities have been hit hard by growing income inequality. To join our efforts, please contact christine@bhclongbeach.org.

Organizations collaborating in the Local Hire Coalition include Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Educated Men with Meaningful Messages, Housing Long Beach, Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles, Long Beach Community Action Partnership, Long Beach Ministers Alliance, PV Jobs, and Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles.

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#OurCityOurJobs

Con las tazas de desempleo por encima de 19% en el centro de Long Beach y 10-12% en muchas otras partes de la ciudad, es evidente que Long Beach necesita pólizas que estimulen la creación de empleos y de prioridad a los residentes locales. Dada esta realidad, organizaciones comunitarias, líderes religiosos y especialistas de desarrollo laboral en Long Beach se reunieron para crear la coalición de empleo local. A través de la construcción de la coalición y organización de la comunidad, el grupo ha comenzado a ver algunos movimientos positivos de los políticos. Leer más…

La coalición inicialmente formada para abogar por una póliza significativa de empleo local para trabajar conjuntamente con el acuerdo de proyecto laboral (PLA) que la ciudad recientemente negoció con los oficios de la construcción. La coalición reunió más de 1,600 peticiones en apoyo a las disposiciones de empleo local a través de la divulgación en Iglesias y eventos comunitarios, así como una petición en línea. Miembros de la coalición, incluyendo líderes de Long Beach Ministers Alliance, testificaron en el concejo municipal en múltiples ocasiones.

Debido a los esfuerzos de abogacía de la coalición de contratación local, el PLA incluye peticiones de que al menos 40% de horas de trabajo sean realizadas por residentes locales y 10% por “trabajadores con desventaja” para proyectos de construcción de la ciudad de más de r $500,000. El 7 de abril, líderes de la ciudad adoptaron este histórico PLA y votaron para crear una póliza de contratación local separada que incluya otros sectores de empleo en adición a la construcción.

Hay más trabajo por venir para asegurar que una póliza fuerte de larga contratación y esos buenos empleos, de buen salario están accesibles para los residentes de Long Beach cuyas comunidades han sido golpeadas por la creciente desigualdad de ingresos. Para unirse a nuestros esfuerzos, por favor contacte a christine@bhclongbeach.org.

Las organizaciones que colaboran en la coalición de empleo local incluyen Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Educated Men with Meaningful Messages, Housing Long Beach, Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles, Long Beach Community Action Partnership, Long Beach Ministers Alliance, PV Jobs, y Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles.


Filipinos organize in Long Beach’s Westside

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Filipino residents stretch before the Saturday morning fun walk in Hudson Park.

As the sun rises over Hudson Park in west Long Beach, Filipino seniors gather for coffee, pandesal, and healthy group activities. In Cabrillo High School, Filipino youth in the Sama Sama club meet to talk about the social justice issues happening in the Philippines. At Grace United Methodist Church, low-wage Filipino workers are receiving free legal help to combat wage theft. Altogether, the organizers of the Filipino Migrant Center see these opportunities as avenues to empower the Filipino community and actively engage them in the movement for local and global justice.

California has the highest concentration of Filipinos in the United States. With over four million Filipinos in the country, approximately 17-25% (or one in four or six individuals) are undocumented, leading to issues of health access and immigration. In Long Beach, a large population of Filipinos have settled in the Westside between the bustling Port of Long Beach and the expanding 710 freeway. Many of the Filipino families on the Westside are low-income domestic workers due to lack of job opportunities in their community. As a result, labor trafficking and teenage pregnancies are problems many families face. Within these contexts, the Filipino Migrant Center works to educate, organize, and mobilize the community to address these long-standing problems.

Every week, organizers with the Filipino Migrant Center (FMC) knock on doors to talk about the issues facing Filipino residents and let people know about FMC’s services and activities. Through interactions with residents at clinics, schools, and social events, FMC learns more about the current problems Filipino families face, including the emotional needs of the members themselves. “We can’t address the Filipino community’s emotional and mental health just through our clinics and services,” says Executive Director Joanna Concepcion, “it’s also incorporated in the organizing work we do.”

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Filipino residents came together to celebrate Christmas at “Pasko Sa Westside!”

Beyond the legal services with labor and immigration issues, FMC organizers are also working with Filipinos of all ages to improve the health of the community. The Saturday morning Health and Fun Walks aim to engage more seniors in healthy activities. The Sama Sama youth club (meaning “coming together”) provides Filipino youth a space to learn about culturally relevant education. Social activities (such as their upcoming Christmas Party) provide community building space for residents to meet neighbors.

In addition, FMC is involved in local organizing campaigns to advance the rights and welfare of Filipino migrants within the broader community, such as the Coalition to End Wage Theft and the Language Access Coalition. Joanna Concepcion adds: “We want to help shape a new culture among Filipinos that they have the power, knowledge, and expertise to define what their future looks like here.”

For more information about the Filipino Migrant Center, visit www.filipinomigrantcenter.org.






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