Will a 7% raise pull low-wage employees out of poverty?

Imagine being on a job for 30 years and struggling to pay $1,200 to rent out a room in someone’s home. It sounds farfetched to a lot of us but, it is a reality Americans across the country are dealing with and, it is the reason why classified employees who work for the Long Beach Unified School district are asking for a 7% salary increase.

The district says giving members of the California School Employees Association a 7% raise means they would receive a larger raise than the teachers.  But that entirely depends on how you look at it.  So we are going to break it down on this episode of The Word on Long Beach.

Read more about LBUSD and CSEA negotiations here.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.