SAN BERNARDINO, CA— Today, following the announcement of the landmark minimum wage deal reached by California state legislators and labor unions, San Bernardino City Unified School Board Member Abigail Medina released the following statement:
“The groundbreaking decision made by the California State Legislature to raise the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour represents a historic win for workers all across the state and a huge leap forward for California. Once again, our great state is at the forefront of a national movement to empower the hardworking men and women who are the backbone of our economy and reward them for their vital contributions to our local communities."
"In our city of San Bernardino, a third of our residents live below the poverty line. Our families, our friends and our neighbors know the negative impacts caused by low wages in our community. According to Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, 1 in 3 California workers will get a raise. I firmly believe that no one who works full time to support his or her family should have to live in poverty. That’s why this deal struck by lawmakers and labor unions is so critical; it will help California avoid a costly ballot box battle and expedite the entire legislative process, increasing the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour and expanding economic opportunities for working families as early as next year. It’s time that we take definitive steps to support our workers and I commend California lawmakers for leading the charge to improve the status quo.”