Friday, July 24, 2015

Another Good Thing

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:10 PM

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In an effort to end the week on a high note, here's another good thing to follow the Couple of Good Things I posted about yesterday. By the way, I was accused by a few commenters of being kinda Pollyanna-ish in that post, making too much of a  big deal about small advances. One commenter said, "Let's not step over a dollar bill to pick up a nickel," a phrase I'd never heard before but which I will repeat ten times today so it becomes a permanent part of my vocabulary (I should mention, however, a google search indicated that the phrase usually talks about dimes, not nickels. Inflation, dontcha know). But sometimes, I just gotta take good news where I can find it.

Today's good thing is our ex-Gov. Janet Napolitano, now President of the University of California, announcing that she's raising wages of some workers in the U.C. system to $15 an hour.
Napolitano announced the move a day after Los Angeles County — the nation's largest government agency — agreed to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in all unincorporated communities by 2020. Los Angeles enacted a similar plan earlier this year, becoming the largest city in the nation to do so.
Let me mention the limits of Napolitano's move before commenters do. It will only affect about 3,200 U.C. employees, not everyone currently making less than $15 per hour. Still, it's a small step forward in the struggle against income inequality. I honestly didn't expect the movement to raise the minimum wage to gather this much momentum this quickly, but I'm happy that it has.

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