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  Living wage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This concept differs from the minimum wage because the latter is set by law and may fail to meet the requirements of a living wage.
In Australia, the 1908 Harvester Judgment ruled that an employer was obliged to pay his employees a wage that guaranteed them a standard of living which was reasonable for "a human being in a civilised community," regardless of his capacity to pay.
Living Wages is part of a set of solutions to counteract the divide and rule strategy used by businesses in an effort to save money and increase their profit margin.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Living_wage   (551 words)

  
 The Living Wage Resource Center: Living Wage Successes
The living wage shall be at least 110% of the federal poverty level for a family of 4, currently $10.23/hour, if health coverage is provided or 130% of the poverty level, currently $12.09 (05/05), without health coverage.
The living wage is defined as 110% of the federal poverty level for a family of four, with a health benefit plan that requires employee to pay no more than 3% of their annual wages.
The living wage is established at the federal poverty level for a family of four, and currently the wage stands at $9.07 an hour.
www.livingwagecampaign.org /index.php?id=1958   (9688 words)

  
 Living Wage | EPI
Only a specific set of workers are covered by living wage ordinances, usually those employed by businesses that have a contract with a city or county government or those who receive economic development subsidies from the locality.
Wages for the bottom 10% of wage earners fell by 3.9% between 1979 and 1999.
Living wage ordinances have the potential to counteract the destructive race to the bottom wherein cities and counties try to attract businesses by offering larger subsidies than their neighbors.
www.epinet.org /content.cfm/issueguides_livingwage_livingwagefacts   (879 words)

  
 Making a Living: How the living wage movement prevailed, by Jared Bernstein
A living wage ordinance is a local—usually city—law that establishes a wage floor for a specific group of workers.
This was the case in the first living wage ordinance, introduced in Baltimore in 1994, where the level currently stands at $8.20 (the poverty line for a family of four divided by 2,080 hours).
But the living wage movement should be considered one of the more promising efforts to raise the living standards of low-wage workers and to empower urban residents who have been consistently left out of the growing economy.
www.nhi.org /online/issues/123/makingaliving.html   (2231 words)

  
 New Rules Project - Equity - Living Wage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Living Wage laws tend to be the result of campaigns fought by community groups like ACORN, churches and labor unions.
Robert Pollin, author of the book "The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy" and a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst studied the impact of the 1997 Los Angeles living wage ordinance and concluded that it boosted costs about 1 percent for the businesses affected.
At the ballot box on November 3, 1998, Detroit voters overwhelmingly approved a living wage measure that requires city service contractors or recipients of city financial assistance of $50,000 or more to pay employees a wage equivalent to the federal poverty line for a family of four, currently $8.83 an hour.
www.newrules.org /equity/wage.html   (881 words)

  
 Living wage: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The minimum wage is the minimum rate a worker can legally be paid (usually per hour) as opposed to wages that are determined by the forces of supply and demand...
(several municipalities and local governments have enacted ordinances which set a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum for the purpose of requiring all jobs to meet the living wage for that region.
Wage slavery is a term expressing disapproval of a condition where a person feels compelled to work in return for payment of a wage....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/l/li/living_wage.htm   (1073 words)

  
 Dennis Kucinich on the Minimum Wage
Putting decent wages in the hands of those who need the money is a far surer way to boost an economy than giving tax breaks to those with more money than they know what to do with.
And the living wage movement of the past decade has added more evidence to the already solid documentation that adjusting the minimum wage upward along with inflation does not cause unemployment.
This will transform the lives of working people, and without the efforts of working people who have made the living wage an issue, this would not be possible.
www.kucinich.us /issues/minimum_wage.php   (342 words)

  
 The Unofficial Paul Krugman Web Page
Labor, in a market system, is just another commodity; the wage a man or woman can command has nothing to do with how much he or she needs to make to support a family or to feel part of the broader society.
The "living wage" movement, which has attracted considerable support in several major U.S. cities, is a variant on this tradition.
And it is for that reason, rather than the practical details, that the broader political movement of which the demand for a living wage is the leading edge is ultimately doomed to failure: For the amorality of the market economy is part of its essence, and cannot be legislated away.
www.pkarchive.org /cranks/LivingWage.html   (1340 words)

  
 CITY OF SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
For purposes of calculating the number of workers under this ordinance and identifying persons entitled to be paid the minimum wage, all individuals employed by or providing work to the business for compensation, whether on a part-time, full-time or temporary basis, during a given month shall be counted as a worker.
In computing the wage paid for purposes of determining compliance with the minimum wage, the value of health benefits and childcare shall be considered as an element of wages.
On January 1, 2006, the minimum wage shall be increased to an hourly rate of $9.50.
www.santafelivingwage.org /finalordinance.html   (1606 words)

  
 Making a Living in Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the U.S., where living wage campaigns emerged in the 1990s, the focus was on local governments.
In Saskatchewan it is the Living Wage Coalition, in New Brunswick it is the Common Front for Social Justice.
Living wage movements offer real hope for making Canada a place where a job is, indeed, a route far from poverty — and where those who cannot work are assured the dignity of an adequate income and good public services.
www.progress.org /2005/livwag01.htm   (989 words)

  
 Questions & Answers on the Dane County Living Wage Campaign
The Living Wage Campaign is an effort by a diverse coalition of community groups to require local government contractors and firms receiving public economic assistance to pay their employees family-supporting wages.
The living wage campaign is aiming to require coverage of employees of publicly subsidized firms and city, county and Madison Metropolitan School District contractors.
Living wages would decrease the amount of employee turnover for high turnover occupations such as home health care workers.
www.solidarity.com /LivingWage/question.htm   (534 words)

  
 Living Wages - Progressive Maryland
The current minimum wage of $5.15 per hour, or $10,700 per year for an individual working full time, is not enough to make ends meet, especially in a state like Maryland.
Living wage bills are an innovative approach to raising the floor for Marylanders.
They ensure that all direct and subcontracted employees of the city, county, or state are paid enough to make a decent living.
progressivemaryland.org /page.php?id=148   (331 words)

  
 Minimum wage fails to keep up -- Part 2 -- A Portrait of Poverty in Oregon
The philosophy and coverage of minimum wage laws gradually evolved so that, by the 1950s, most laws reflected the idea that all workers should be paid a fair wage.
In a higher-cost area of Oregon like Multnomah County, the living wage for a single adult is $10.36 an hour, the study says.
In lower-cost areas such as the eastern counties, the living wage for a single adult is $9.45 an hour.
eesc.orst.edu /agcomwebfile/edmat/html/em/em8743/part2/minimumwage.html   (566 words)

  
 RW - Living Wage
The population of AmericaĆ¢s working poor has grown because the wage floor has failed to keep pace with the cost of living over the last three decades.
In many higher-cost regions, a true living wage is substantially higher (up to $18 per hour).
While none of these forecasts have come to pass when the minimum wage was increased in the past, the business lobby nonetheless remains a powerful obstacle to raising the wage floor to a decent level.
www.responsiblewealth.org /living_wage   (489 words)

  
 Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition & Workers' Rights Center
The Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition (TCLWC) is a network of organizations, groups and concerned citizens that works for a living wage for all people in Tompkins County.
Realizing that the struggle for living wages is long term and must take many shapes, the TCLWC tries to support living wage struggles and campaigns wherever and whenever they arise.
A Living Wage is the amount of income and resources (such as health insurance) needed for an individual or family to meet its basic needs without public or private assistance.
www.tclivingwage.org   (627 words)

  
 Labor Markets and Living Wages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
These ordinances, a direct outgrowth of the living wage movement that has spread throughout the country, set a minimum wage higher than the national or statewide figures so that low-wage workers and their families can meet their basic needs.
These measures are a response to the dramatic fall in the national minimum wage over the past 35 years as well as to the increased use of government “outsourcing”—the contracting to the private sector of services traditionally performed by public employees.
In other words, the living wage movement recognizes the inadequacy of the current national and statewide minimum wage levels as a basis for low-wage workers to meet the basic needs of their families through their work efforts.
www.umass.edu /peri/programs/labormarkets/labormarkets.htm   (1221 words)

  
 Living Wage
The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement: Living Wage, Health and Minimum Wage is responsible for implementation and enforcement.
Their website contains history on the living wage movement in L.A., information on their current wide range of campaigns and programs, copies of living wage ordinances, and connections to various resources.
“Living Wage Campaigns from a ‘Social Movement’ Perspective: The Miami Case.” Paper presented at the conference of the University and College Labor Educators Association, April 8.
laborcenter.berkeley.edu /livingwage/resources.shtml   (1047 words)

  
 The Living Wage Resource Center: Introduction
What you will find here is a brief history of the national living wage movement, background materials such as ordinance summaries and comparisons, drafting tips, research summaries, talking points, and links to other living wage-related sites.
In addition, we have led coalitions to win statewide minimum wage increases in five states - including the huge 71% ballot victory in Florida in November 2004 - which delivered a raise to an estimated 850,000 workers.
In 1998, ACORN established the Living Wage Resource Center to track the living wage movement and provide materials and strategies to living wage organizers all over the country.
www.livingwagecampaign.org   (754 words)

  
 Los Angeles Living Wage Campaign - Fighting for Fair Wages in Our City   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In 1997, LAANE spearheaded the effort to enact Los Angeles' living wage law, a policy which quickly became a national model.
Led by LAANE and a coalition of labor, community and clergy organizations, living wage advocates have made this city a testing ground for ways to improve the lives of low-wage workers.
By insisting that public money should not be used to subsidize working poverty, living wage advocates in Los Angeles have helped establish a new standard for this city and dozens of others throughout the country.
www.laane.org /lw   (362 words)

  
 Living Wage Issue Guide | EPI
Living Wage Campaigns: An Activist's Guide to Building the Movement for Economic Justice A Comprehensive guide to organizing a living wage campaign, from ACORN.
The Impact of the Detroit Living Wage Ordinance
Impact of a Living Wage Ordinance on Miami-Dade County
www.epi.org /content.cfm/issueguides_livingwage_livingwage   (567 words)

  
 Living wage at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Living wage, by definition, is a wage level that provides basic requirements to a worker.
It is similar to the term "minimum wage," but the latter term does not necessarily require the fullfillment of any objective requirement.
Wherever you are, so far if you don't live a Robinson Crusoe lifestyle, there exist some basic living standards.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Living_wage.html   (172 words)

  
 MPR: "Living Wage" laws at issue in Minneapolis and St. Paul   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Paul, Minn. — "Living Wages Yes!" is a coalition of labor, faith, and community groups behind ordinances in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Their recommendation sets a living wage at $12.09 per hour, or about $25,000 per year.
Paul currently has a living wage resolution that says businesses with city contracts should pay their employees $10.24 per hour.
news.minnesota.publicradio.org /features/2005/11/04_helmsm_livingwage   (843 words)

  
 Living Wage
These laws set higher minimum wages for the employees of companies benefiting from public contracts, subsidies, or actions, and in some cases also for direct government employees.
ACORN chapters are leading many living-wage campaigns, and ACORN's Living Wage Resource Center is assisting in many more.
Living Wage Campaign and Efforts To Raise The Current Minimum Wage.
www.acorn.org /index.php?id=42   (233 words)

  
 TomPaine.com - Living-Wage Politics
In fact, a higher minimum wage is becoming standard policy across the United States. Sixteen states now set a minimum wage greater than the federal level of $5.15 per hour.  By this fall, at least 43 percent of Americans will live in jurisdictions with a minimum wage of $6 or more.
Nevertheless, in addition to Minnesota, legislatures in Hawaii, Maryland and New Jersey have passed legislation increasing minimum wages so far this year.  Legislatures in New York, Rhode Island and Maine, as well as the City Council in the District of Columbia, increased their minimum wages in 2004.
While minimum wage increases may be the most dramatic series of progressive victories this year, it is by no means the only good news from the states.
www.tompaine.com /articles/2005/05/17/livingwage_politics.php   (414 words)

  
 HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE - 'Living Wage' Kills Jobs by Thomas Sowell
What the so-called living wage really amounts to is simply a local minimum wage policy requiring much higher pay rates than the federal minimum wage law.
Since there have been minimum wage laws for generations, not only in the United States, but in other countries around the world, you might think that we would want to look at what actually happens when such laws are enacted, as distinguished from what was hoped would happen.
Most studies of minimum wage laws in countries around the world show that fewer people are employed at artificially higher wage rates.
www.humaneventsonline.com /article.php?id=2291   (699 words)

  
 AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: A Livable Minimum Wage
A full-time worker taking no vacation or holidays and earning the federal minimum wage earns 55 percent of the federal poverty line for a family of four and a much smaller percentage of what it takes to actually pay the rent and basic living expenses in most parts of the country.
After winning living wage laws in 123 cities and counties (laws that mandate higher minimums for certain categories of workers) and city-wide minimum wage hikes covering all workers in four cities (D.C., Santa Fe, San Francisco and Madison), the campaign for decent wage standards has shifted the battleground to the state level.
Three of these 14 (Washington, Oregon and Florida) have indexed their minimum wage levels to automatically increase each year with the cost of living, thus eliminating the need for an annual campaign to prevent the minimum wage from losing value.
www.alternet.org /rights/21318   (1383 words)

  
 'Living wage' laws gain momentum across US | csmonitor.com
Today, thanks to a "living wage" law requiring city contractors to pay employees a minimum of $8.97 per hour, Ms.
It is a story that is being repeated in dozens of cities across America as part of a trend that – surprisingly – has continued to spread even during the economic downturn.
In February, a city-wide referendum in New Orleans raising the minimum wage by $1 passed by 63 percent of the voters.
www.csmonitor.com /2002/0315/p01s02-usec.html   (1053 words)

  
 CCFL, Colorado College Fair Labor and Living Wage Campaign   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
We hope to have a permanent living wage policy adopted by the end of the year, and have moved all services in-house or have chosen a less unethical contractor.
CCFL is part of a growing movement to demand living wages for all workers.
A living wage guarantee is the only way to ensure that all of our workers will be able to pay for all of their needs.
studentwebs.coloradocollege.edu /~g_piescoputn/fairlabor/content   (625 words)

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