Chair Fletcher & Supervisor Lawson-Remer Successful in Passage of New Working Families Ordinance
Today, the San Diego County of Board of Supervisors passed a Working Families Ordinance by a vote of 3-2. The policy to create the ordinance was originally introduced by Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and Chair Nathan Fletcher in July 2021. The action passed this afternoon requires the use of a skilled and trained workforce and the payment of prevailing wage on construction projects over $1 million on County land. The ordinance also outlines sick leave requirements in line with State standards for any employees working on County-owned leased
After the vote, Chair Fletcher and Supervisor Lawson-Remer issued the following statement:
“Today the County took action to ensure that public lands yield public benefits. With the passage of the Working Families Ordinance, we voted to guarantee adequate workplace protections in alignment with state policy and regional needs. Today’s action will reduce working poverty and promote economic sustainability for families throughout our region.”
While County staff provided the option for enacting a wage floor to set minimum standards for wages for any employees on County-owned land, the Board decided that such a measure would be premature as stakeholder input must first be gathered specifically on this issue.
The Working Families Ordinance will require a second reading on March 1, 2022, and will go into effect 30 days after the second reading. It will be effective as contracts or projects come up for renewal.