Tucson Non-Profit Launches Fight for $ 15 Campaign

TUCSON (KVOA) – A coalition of nonprofit organizations based in Tucson, including the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank, Primavera Foundation, Our Family Services, Southwest Fair Housing Council, People’s Defense Initiative, YWCA Southern Arizona and others, as well as unions including the Pima Area Labor Federation have launched a campaign called Tucson Fight for $ 15 to collect 30,000 signatures from registered voters, with the goal of launching an election initiative by November 2021 that aims to raise the minimum wage in Tucson city limits to 15 over the course of four years $.

The group said dozens of volunteers and paid signature collectors are traveling across town every day to meet the goal of 30,000 signatures by the July 2nd registration deadline. This weekend, Tucson Fight for 15 invited the public to sign the petition at the following locations:

  • Saturday, April 3 at Armory Park (6th Avenue & 13th Street), 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday April 4th at Heaven Park (Tucson Blvd. & 2nd Street), 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

If passed, the Tucson Minimum Wage Act will require a raise for approximately 85,000 local workers currently earning the statewide minimum wage of $ 12.15. The bill would gradually increase the minimum wage from April 1, 2022. Under the proposal, the citywide minimum wage would reach $ 15 by 2025.

The group cites a recent study that claims a Tucson worker earning the current minimum wage would have to work 61 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom house in a city where monthly housing costs are unprecedented have risen.

In addition to increasing the minimum wage, this initiative will: prevent workers from being “misrecognized” as independent contractors, prevent employers from “shortening” the time on a shift, provide workers with more stable working hours, and set up a city wage enforcement office.

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