Oregonian Editors Miss the Mark

Members of Laborers Local 483, one of more than 100 groups that have endorsed a $15 minimum wage, rally in front of Portland City Hall. Photo by Sam Caravana of the Oregonian
Members of Laborers Local 483, one of more than 100 groups that have endorsed a $15 minimum wage for Oregon, rally in front of Portland City Hall. Photo by Sam Caravana of the Oregonian

The Oregonian editorial board is desperate to discredit the groundswell of support for the $15 minimum wage ballot measure.

In a July 6 editorial titled Minimum Wage Advocates Struggle to Walk the Talk, the Oregonian castigates the advocacy group Working America for hiring at a wage of $12.25 an hour with an increase to $15 at 90 days. The editors claim that this apparent inconsistency is evidence that a $15 minimum wage is not practical for our state. 15 Now Oregon hopes that readers will recognize this attack for what it is: an opportunistic attempt to discredit all minimum wage advocacy groups and to distract from the broad support for the $15 ballot measure. [Read more…]

Round-up of June 30 Press Conference Media Coverage: Successful Collection of Petition Signatures In All 36 Counties

On June 30 supporters of a $15 minimum wage converged in Salem to declare the successful collection of petition signatures in all 36 counties, qualifying the measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019 for a ballot title. Speakers included Statewide Organizing Director of 15 Now Oregon Kristi Wright; chief petitioner for the ballot initiative and President of the farmworkers union ‘Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste’ (PCUN) Ramon Ramirez; Cathy Howell, Member of the Board of Directors for the Rural Organizing Project; and Diana Pei Wu, Executive Director of Portland Jobs with Justice. Ronald McDonald stood by with a protest banner as ballot measure supporters marched to the elections office. Here is the news coverage of the event:

 TV

Radio

Print

AP and radio pickups: Blue Mountain Eagle, Bend Bulletin, The Register-Guard (Salem), KTVZ (Bend), KDRV (Medford), Corvallis Gazette Times, Coos Bay World, Lebanon Express, KEZI Channel 9 News, Portland News Post, Komo News (Seattle), Seattle Pi, Washington Times, Longview Daily News (SW WA), NW News Network, Spokane Public Radio, Herald and News, Fairfield Citizen, Greenwich Times, CT Post, Albany Times Union, (NY), Houston Chronicle, Beaumont Enterprise, San Antonio Express-News, SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, Daily Journal (IN), The Tribune (IN), The Republic (IN), The Reporter (IN).

 15 Now Oregon Press Conference Photos from OSEA

$15 Minimum Wage Ballot Measure Reaches Signature Milestone

President Ramon Ramirez of PCUN speaks on why farm workers need $15 too.
President Ramon Ramirez of PCUN speaks on why farm workers need $15 too.

No Good Reason to Settle for Less than $15, Say Supporters from 36 Counties

via Oregonians for 15

Salem, Ore. — Oregon’s pioneering ballot measure for a statewide minimum wage of $15 by 2019 is one step closer to qualifying for the November 2016 election. Today the Oregonians for 15 coalition announced the delivery of the first 2,000 signatures with representation from all 36 counties.

“In a state where business is better than ever, but nearly half of new jobs pay poverty wages, it’s time for hardworking Oregonians to collect the living wage they have earned,” said Kristi Wright, Statewide Organizing Director for 15 Now Oregon. “No one who works should live in poverty. Oregon is ready for $15, and with the ballot measure, there is no good reason to settle for less.” [Read more…]

On Minimum Wage, Oregonians Should Not Settle for Less Than $15

Supporters of a $15 minimum wage rally in Medford, Oregon on April 15, 2015.
Supporters of a $15 minimum wage rally in Medford, Oregon on April 15, 2015.

House Speaker Kotek is pushing a $13 minimum wage for Oregon. Here’s why $15 is still the right number for working families in poverty.

By Kristi Wright & Denise Brooks

In his June 15 article “Oregon House speaker unveils $13 minimum wage proposal,” Jonathan J. Cooper reports on the efforts of Rep. Tina Kotek, D-Portland, to “keep the issue in lawmakers’ minds.” He got a few things wrong about the statewide ballot measure for a $15 minimum wage, and implied that the campaign is mainly backed by liberals and labor groups in Portland. As co-founders of 15 Now Southern Oregon and leaders in 15 Now Oregon, the reach of which extends far beyond Portland, we assure you that there is much more to the story. [Read more…]