San Diego County poverty rates dropped in 2016, but inequity persists

In the City of San Diego, the poverty rate fell in 2016 to 13.1%, a drop of 2.5 percentage points from the previous year and the lowest rate since pre-recession 2007. The child poverty rate also fell from 19.7% in 2015 to 15.5%, roughly the same as the pre-recession rate. In San Diego County, across all cities and unincorporated areas, the poverty rate dropped more modestly from 13.8% to 12.3% in 2016. Almost 46,000 fewer individuals lived in poverty than during the previous year. Despite the overall improvement in poverty rates, stark inequities persist. Poverty increased among Black and Asian

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La Prensa–El Robo de Salario es Común, Raramente Denunciado

El temor a represalias ha orillado a miles de trabajadores en San Diego a no denunciar alguna irregularidad en el pago de su salario, reveló un estudio dado a conocer esta semana por el Centro de Iniciativas Políticas (CPI). El reporte evidencia que apenas un pequeño porcentaje de trabajadores afectados han presentado una queja ante las oficinas de la Comisión Laboral de San Diego. Se estima que el año pasado, empleadores en los condados de San Diego e Imperial no cumplieron con pagar el salario mínimo en más de 40 mil ocasiones, pero solamente 82 afectados presentaron una queja formal,

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Hoy– Denuncian robo de salarios e incumplimiento de ley a un año de ordenanza

Un año después de que entrase en vigor el aumento del salario mínimo en San Diego (California), trabajadores y activistas se congregaron hoy frente a las oficinas del Comisionado Laboral local para denunciar el robo de salarios y que no se ha cumplido la ley en su totalidad. Durante el encuentro, los participantes revelaron los resultados de un informe dado a conocer hoy por el Centro de Iniciativas Políticas (CPI) y la Universidad Estatal de San Diego (SDSU) que indica que el robo de sueldo es uno de los problemas más frecuentes para trabajadores en San Diego pero raramente es

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NBC7-New Report Shows Wage Theft Often Goes Unreported in San Diego

A new study suggests that wage theft often goes unreported in San Diego County. The survey of roughly 300 workers shows that a lack of information and fear of retaliation are among the top reasons why claims are rarely filed against an employer.< Most ‘wage theft’ claims deal with workers not getting paid the legal minimum wage or overtime. The study was carried out by the San Diego State Department of Sociology, the Center on Policy Initiatives and the Employee Rights Center of San Diego. It shows that over the last year, an estimated 40,000 local workers were not paid

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KPBS-One Year After San Diego Minimum Wage Hike, City Enforcement Uncertain

The city of San Diego’s new minimum wage law went into effect last June, and the city funded an enforcement office to hear complaints and investigate violations. But until a few weeks ago, the city had been directing wage complaints to state labor regulators, who said the law can not be properly enforced without local help. The Center on Policy Initiatives released a study on San Diego wage theft on Tuesday, estimating that employers in San Diego and Imperial counties fail to pay the minimum wage 40,000 times per year. The state received nearly 3,000 San Diego claims last year. The Center on Policy Initiatives worked

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SDUT-Study prompts calls for greater wage theft enforcement in San Diego

The authors of a new study showing widespread local wage theft are calling on Mayor Kevin Faulconer to more aggressively enforce San Diego’s minimum wage increase, which took effect one year ago. The study found that only a small percentage of affected workers file wage theft claims, many workers don’t understand wage laws or how to file claims, and that the resolution of claims often takes many months. The study comes two months after California’s labor commissioner asked Faulconer to partner with her on enforcement efforts because state officials in San Diego are overwhelmed by complaints. A statement from Faulconer’s office Tuesday said “all

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Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants lacks guidelines for businesses that hire them

ABA Journal While President Donald Trump’s administration is cracking down on illegal immigration, with stepped up deportations and proposing a wall on the border of Mexico, it has done nothing to address what some immigration officials for decades have considered the biggest problem: lax or nonenforcement of laws that penalize employers who hire undocumented workers, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act, signed by President Ronald Reagan, attacked the problem of illegal immigration from three angles: It gave amnesty and residency to about 3 million undocumented immigrants, beefed up border enforcement and made it

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San Diego County and its biggest union clash in contract talks

San Diego Union Tribune Negotiations between San Diego County government and its largest labor union have hit a major snag because of a disagreement over who and how many people can be at the bargaining table, a disruption that could possibly impact thousands of employees. The county and Service Employees International Union, Local 221, a labor organization that represents more than 10,000 of the government’s 17,000 employees, have filed unfair practice charges against each other before bargaining sessions could dive into talks on pay, benefits, pensions and other matters that make up the meat of a labor contract. The county

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With us… And against us

San Diego City Beat While Councilmember Chris Ward works for equal pay, congressional reps duck the people With us…  There were many lessons to take away from the San Diego Women’s March back in January. These lessons were not lost on City Councilmember Chris Ward (District 3), who last week formally announced a proposal for a San Diego Equal Pay Ordinance. The ordinance, if passed, would require that any contractor with a city contract certify that they are providing equal pay based on gender and ethnicity. What’s more, it will better protect workers and whistleblowers who wish to discuss pay without

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LACK OF HOURS HITS MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Tens of thousands of San Diego’s low wage workers got raises today, but boosting the minimum wage from $9 to $10 per hour won’t do much against the region’s high cost of living. Nichanora Montenegro got a raise today, to the new minimum wage. “Honestly, the $10 per hour minimum wage does not make an impact to home care workers like me,” she said. |Read Original Article| She said she’ll hardly notice the increase. Nichanora’s pay is getting bumped from $9.85 to $10 an hour. The incremental boost means she’ll still struggle to pay her bills. “I barely make it,”

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