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Fremont Minimum Wage Ordinance

154 registered responses


1. Are you a Fremont resident?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 90.8% 139
No 9.2% 14

2. Are you an employee of a Fremont business or non-profit?

Response Percent Response Count
No 73.9% 113
Yes, and I am a salaried employee 13.7% 21
Yes, and I earn more than $15 per hour 7.2% 11
Yes, and I earn less than $15 per hour 5.2% 8

3. Are you an owner or manager of a Fremont business or non-profit?

Response Percent Response Count
No 79.5% 120
Yes, a Fremont business with 25 or fewer employees 13.9% 21
Yes, a Fremont business with 26 or more employees 4.0% 6
Yes, a Fremont non-profit 2.6% 4

4. If you are an employee or an owner/manager of a Fremont business, how would you categorize that business (e.g., retail sales, food service, manufacturing, business services, etc.)?

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5. Are you a non-resident consumer of Fremont services?

Response Percent Response Count
No 91.3% 137
Yes, services provided by the City of Fremont 2.0% 3
Yes, services provided by Fremont businesses 6.7% 10

6. Which path to reaching a minimum wage of $15 per hour would you prefer?

Response Percent Response Count
Maintain the State law status quo that gradually increases the minimum wage to $15 by 2022/2023 37.3% 57
Adopt a local ordinance that more rapidly increases the minimum wage to $15 by 2020 62.7% 96

7. What should be the City Council’s top considerations as it makes this choice?

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8. If you are an employee of a Fremont business or non-profit, how do you think you might be affected if Fremont raises its minimum wage more rapidly than under current State law?

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9. If you are an owner or manager of a Fremont business or non-profit organization with local employees, please indicate how significantly you would be impacted by a local minimum wage ordinance.

Response Percent Response Count
We already pay all or most of our workers more than $15 per hour, so there would be no real impact 36.8% 14
We would need to increase wages for only a few of our workers, so the impact would be minor 15.8% 6
We would need to increase wages for many of our workers, so the impact would be major 47.4% 18

10. If you are an owner or manager of a Fremont business or non-profit organization, please indicate how you would respond if Fremont raises the local minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020? (check all that apply).

Response Percent Response Count
No response needed – either we aren’t impacted or we would absorb the additional cost 42.5% 17
Raise prices 50.0% 20
Eliminate positions 45.0% 18
Reduce worker hours 40.0% 16
Choose not to expand in Fremont 32.5% 13
Close or relocate outside Fremont 27.5% 11

11. Do you have any additional comments?

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October 31, 2018, 11:40 AM
  • 1. Are you a Fremont resident?
    • Yes
  • 2. Are you an employee of a Fremont business or non-profit?
    • No
  • 3. Are you an owner or manager of a Fremont business or non-profit?
    • No
  • 4. If you are an employee or an owner/manager of a Fremont business, how would you categorize that business (e.g., retail sales, food service, manufacturing, business services, etc.)?
    No response.
  • 5. Are you a non-resident consumer of Fremont services?
    • No
  • 6. Which path to reaching a minimum wage of $15 per hour would you prefer?
    • Adopt a local ordinance that more rapidly increases the minimum wage to $15 by 2020
  • 7. What should be the City Council’s top considerations as it makes this choice?

    The city council should consider first, the cost to taxpayers and the city if Fremont residents who work in Fremont need to access social services because they don't have enough money to cover basics like food, utilities and rent. The second consideration is the economic benefit of having more money in the pockets of workers in Fremont. Much of that money will be spent in Fremont and generate more jobs in the city.

  • 8. If you are an employee of a Fremont business or non-profit, how do you think you might be affected if Fremont raises its minimum wage more rapidly than under current State law?
    No response.
  • 9. If you are an owner or manager of a Fremont business or non-profit organization with local employees, please indicate how significantly you would be impacted by a local minimum wage ordinance.
    No response.
  • 10. If you are an owner or manager of a Fremont business or non-profit organization, please indicate how you would respond if Fremont raises the local minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020? (check all that apply).
    No response.
  • 11. Do you have any additional comments?

    Fremont is one of the most progressive cities in the San Francisco Bay Area and California. While jobs are being created in Fremont at a rapid pace, the cost of living in Fremont is skyrocketing as rents climb. More families have to turn to social services in the city to seek help getting enough to eat and being able to pay utilities and rent. This is an economic drain on the city and a burden on taxpayers who have to foot the bill. Contrary to the claims of businesses that increasing the minimum wage will put them out of business or cause them to layoff employees, the facts show that wherever the minimum wage has been raised, employers have enjoyed greater prosperity and increased job creation. The reason for this is because employees have more money to spend thereby boosting the local economy and not having to rely as much on social welfare services. It makes sense both economically and morally that the city should raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

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