Raise the Wage! 

We are currently moving a regional campaign called Raise the Wage! to ensure no worker throughout the Bay Area is making less than $15/hour, a low bar for the high cost of living in this region of the country. San Francisco moved to $15/hr this year and it is already too low for workers in the North Bay! Help us ensure a better standard for workers across the North Bay. 

Currently, we are working with the following city councils to pass our $15 Citywide Minimum Wage Ordinance

  • Sebastopol City Council          Sign the petition HERE
  • Petaluma City Council          Sign the petition HERE
  • Sonoma City Council          Sign the petition HERE
  • Cotati City Council          Online petition to come
  • Santa Rosa City Council          Sign the petition HERE
  • Novato City Council          Sign the petition HERE

If you don't see your city and you think it should be included, reach out to us at northbayjwj@gmail.com. 

Sign the Petition for Your County:

County of Sonoma Petition: 
County of Marin Petition: 


What is included in our $15 Citywide Minimum Wage Ordinance?

1) Wage phase-in timeline:

             July 1, 2019 $12.75 an hour

             July 1, 2020 $15.00 an hour

2) Annual COLA increase based upon the Bay Area CPI beginning July 1, 2021

3) All workers employed 2 hours a week inside city limits are covered except for student learners and certain disabled workers; government workers including federal and state employees and employees of public higher education and school districts are excluded.

4) No tip credit: an employer may not deduct tips or gratuity from an employee’s base hourly wage.

5) Collective bargaining opt-out: unionized workers earning less that $15 an hour can choose to forego coverage and bargain for total compensation–including both wages and benefits–above $15 an hour.

6) Enforcement: covered workers provided protection from retaliation and entitled to right of private action and attorney fees

Our proposed ordinance is similar to the City of Cupertino (2016) and ordinances in 7 cities in Santa Clara County mandating $15 an hour minimum wage January 1, 2019.


Hit the "Get Involved" button on the top right to join our campaign and hear about upcoming actions to Raise the Wage! 

Improving our Living Wage Ordinance in Sonoma County

We are currently working with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to ensure the protection and advancement of the Living Wage Ordinance by increasing the amount of paid sick days. You can read the current Living Wage Ordinance here, and read more about why we believe our County should provide more paid sick days here: 

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors should add paid sick days - By Marty Bennett


More Resources: $15 Citywide Minimum Wage Ordinance

Summary of NBJwJ's proposed Minimum Wage Ordinance for North Bay cities

Minimum Wage Fact Sheet

Minimum Wage Q & A

League of CA cities report: Local Minimum Wage Laws & the Challenge of Balancing Interests

UC Berkely Labor Center report: Estimated Impact of a Proposed Minimum Wage Law for the North Bay


More Resources: County of Sonoma Living Wage Ordinance

Calculating A Living Wage

Living Wage Documents

Living Wage Fiscal Impact Reports and Legislation

County of Sonoma Living Wage: Endorse and Sign Petition