When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

By Michael Reich; Ken Jacobs et al. | Go to book overview

ELEVEN
Mandates
lessons learned and future prospects

Miranda Dietz, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Reich

As a result of the policies discussed in this book, tens of thousands of low-wage workers in San Francisco receive higher pay. They are not as compelled to come to work when they are sick, and they are more able to take care of their loved ones when they are sick. An even larger number of workers have greater access to health care services. They no longer face discrimination in benefits based on their sexual orientation.

Adding up the results reported in each of the chapters gives us a sense of the scope of the policies’ effects. An estimated 77,500 workers received pay increases as a result of the living wage, citywide minimum wage, and IHSS policies.1 Some 59,000 workers gained access to paid sick leave. Slightly more than three-fourths (76 percent) of private employers with twenty or more workers surveyed by Colla, Dow, and Dube reported

1 Includes an estimated 47,000 with increases due to the Minimum Wage Ordinance (54,000 estimated by Reich and Laitinen minus 7,000 estimated overlap with other wage policies), 8,000 at SFO, 18,000 home care workers, and 4,500 other workers on city contracts (Reich, Hall, and Hsu 1999).

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