Pass Measure E: OPPORTUNITY TO WORK
Employers in San Jose will keep employees part-time as a way to avoid paying for health benefits, and consequently forcing people to work multiple jobs to keep up with the cost of living.
Also, a national study shows part-time workers are paid a third less per hour than full-time employees. An estimated 64,000 people in San Jose work part-time jobs.
The Opportunity to Work ballot initiative, proposed by the Silicon Valley Rising Coalition, requires large employers to offer full-time employment to their current part-time employees before hiring more part-time workers.
- Opportunity to Work 2 Pager Description
- A Hidden Crisis: Underemployment in Silicon Valley's Hourly Workforce
- Opportunity to Work Campaign Site
CAMPAIGN STATUS: WE WON!
On November 8th, 2016 San Jose voters passed Measure E! The initiative has also inspired state legislation called AB 5, co-sponsored by newly elected California Assembly member Ash Kalra.
TIMELINE AND STATUS:
February 2016: Silicon Valley Rising Files Paperwork for Initiative to Get on Ballot
August 2016: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Endorse Ballot Measure
ASSIST IN THE CAMPAIGN:
- Check out the Opportunity to Work Action Network to see how to assist in the campaign through phone banking, precinct walking, and other avenues.