The Bernie Sanders Campaign for President 2016 supports the efforts of the Raise the Wage Santa Barbara movement.
Income inequality in the U.S. is at levels not seen since the gilded ages of the 1890s and the so-called roaring 1920s. Cities such as Seattle and Los Angeles have countered this by passing laws to increase workers’ wages to $15/hour. Santa Barbara should follow these forward-thinking cities and raise our minimum wage for the more than 14,000 workers whose labor helps make Santa Barbara one of the most desirable vacation spots in the world.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says: “I believe we should raise the minimum wage to at least 15 bucks an hour so people in this country are not living in poverty.” Sanders correctly points out that in addition to low wages, most workers have no paid vacation or sick-leave benefits. For the richest country in the world, these are embarrassing facts.
The Raise the Wage Santa Barbara movement shows the same spirit that propels the Sanders campaign. It is time for workers to join together and say “enough is enough.”