Coalition Victory in the Battle for a Living Wage
June 1, 2004
In February 2004, Sierra Club joined a group of civil rights, workers' rights, environmental groups and four California cities to file a friend of the court brief in support of the Hayward California living wage law. The law, which protects workers hired by city contracts, had been challenged in court by the Cintas Corporation.
The arguments proffered by Cintas sought to undermine the right of local governments to enforce procurement standards. These standards allow local governments to set a good example with their own purchases, whether by requiring living wages, stronger health and safety rules, or the use of recycled products and nontoxic cleaners. The Sierra Club has been an aggressive proponent of responsible procurement programs for decades.
In May 2004, Alameda County Judge Steven Brick gave workers and the environment a victory when he rejected the Cintas Corporation's challenge and reaffirmed the authority of local governments to enforce living wage laws and other protections.
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