San Leandro Votes to Pay Employees More -- 50 Percent More

Employees at San Leandro Unified School District will receive a living wage of $15 an hour. The school board voted Tuesday to increase the minimum wage coincidentally in conjunction with the nationwide “Fight for $15” protests that were occurring the same day.

“We are thrilled that the Board supported this important initiative,” said Superintendent Michael McLaughlin. “Our District is committed to ensuring that its employees earn a living wage. I am honored to be working with a team that values the important work done by all members of our community.”

Members of the California School Employees Association ratified the proposal last week and support for the initiative can be found districtwide.

“We are excited to be raising the minimum wage for all of our employees throughout the district,” said John Thompson, SLUSD assistant superintendent of human resources. “The employees who will benefit the most from this change are those who are keeping students safe, preparing their food, and working hard to ensure that day-to-day operations at all of our schools run smoothly.”

The lowest paid workers in the district currently earn $10 an hour. This vote will increase their salaries by 50 percent—a substantial amount.

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