Why economic justice?

What we strive for?

Too many people work hard every day for paychecks that don’t cover the basic costs of living. As the economy has recovered for those at the top, many people are trapped in jobs paying poverty wages. The economy is particularly slanted against women, communities of color, and workers in some of San Diego’s largest industries – including hotels, restaurants, and retail stores. Low-wage jobs also are least likely to provide earned sick time and other benefits, and most open to abuses such as wage theft. The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) was founded in 1997 on the bedrock principle that everyone deserves access to education and job training, good jobs paying living wages, healthcare, and safe places to live. CPI works for policy solutions that create economic justice. We research targeted issues, use our research data to develop policy solutions, and work with community partners and elected officials to implement those solutions.
  • Economic justice in the workplace: fair wages, benefits, and work conditions for all employees.

  • Policies that correct for the consequences of past discrimination, to bring equity to all.

  • Livable wages that allow working people and their families to participate in the economy their productivity helps create.

  • Safe, non-discriminatory workplaces, with policies that provide work/life balance, such as the ability to earn paid sick time.

  • Latest in Economic Justice from CPI

    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.

    Pese a que el Condado de San Diego registra índices de recuperación económica y generación de empleos, todavía miles de familias dependen de préstamos para solventar sus deudas.


    Peggy Pico talks with Peter Brownell, research director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, and Brent Wakefield, vice president of development for Serving Seniors of San Diego, about new numbers on San Diego poverty.

    SAN DIEGO, California(PH) El 15% de los residentes de San Diego viven bajo el nivel de pobreza federal, al igual que el año previo, a pesar de la creación de empleos, de acuerdo a un nuevo reporte del Censo de Estados Unidos, publicado este jueves.

    By R. Stickney

    Despite five years of economic growth in San Diego, the number of poor remains unchanged according to a new report. Low wages and part-time work are keeping San Diego’s poorest families from getting out of poverty, a new survey suggests. 


    The rate of San Diegans living below the federal poverty line last year was about the same as the year before, the Center on Policy Initiatives reported Thursday.

    Five years after the national recession ended, the San Diego poverty rate remains stubbornly high, while the number of San Diegans living in official poverty has continued to grow. The problem is particularly dire for children and part-time workers in the city.

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The rate of San Diegans living below the federal poverty line last year was about the same as the year before, the Center on Policy Initiatives reported Thursday.