A ballot initiative to require Anaheim Resort-area businesses receiving city subsidies to pay workers a minimum $18 an hour by 2022 has met a signature requirement to qualify for the November general election ballot.
Local worker unions are clashing over a ballot initiative in Anaheim that would raise wages to $18 an hour for employees of companies that receive city subsidies, a measure aimed at three luxury hotel projects that received over $500 million in tax rebates in 2016.
Marching is as American as Apple pie, writes Ada Briceño, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11 in Orange County, noting the variety of causes she’ll be supporting by marching with thousands of others in Santa Ana on Jan. 20 for the annual Women’s March.
Ada Briceño, a Co-President for the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE Local 11, in Orange County challenges her labor colleagues this Labor Day to embrace immigrant rights and stand with 800,000 young people across the nation who receive refuge as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) just as President Trump reconsiders the program.
But even if voters passed the two referendums, which oppose the building of luxury hotels with large tax subsidies, they would not stop the developer from going ahead with the projects or receiving city tax breaks, city officials say.
History will not be kind in its memory of this week’s Supreme Court ruling on immigration, writes Unite Here Local 11 leader Ada Briceño, calling this week’s immigration ruling a travesty of justice rooted in the same racism and classism that has always informed the most shameful rulings of the highest court in our land.
After victories in the Anaheim council districts battle, and with restorative justice in the schools and immigration at the county, grassroots groups are projecting power in conservative Orange County in ways they haven’t before.
Threats of a protest outside a major convention in Anaheim this year likely made the difference in getting members of the city’s council majority to change their minds regarding the new council districts map.