" Based on the Living Wage Certification Program in Asheville, the Peoples Alliance Fund has launched a similar program in Durham. More than 20 businesses and nonprofits have been certified by the PAF, guaranteeing that their employees earn wages that either equal or exceed a living wage. PAF calculated its living wage rate by tying it to the city's and county's. That equals $10.83 an hour for employees with employer-provided health insurance, and $12.33 for workers who have to buy health insurance on their own. These rates include waitstaff and other tipped employees, who, after tips, must earn this rate. (See chart, facing page.)" Read more: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/durham-launches-living-wage-campaign/Content?oid=4359059
Herald Sun, January 28, 2015, DCIA supports living wage, school programs; officers reinstalled Women AdvaNCe, March 9, 2015, No Matter My Salary, I Always Feel Poor News & Observer, March 9, 2015, Durham Living Wage Project LaunchesTuesday Herald Sun, March 10, 2015, Living Wage Project Launches with 28 Businesses NC AFL-CIO blog, March 13, 2015, Support the Durham Living Wage Project News & Observer editorial, March 14, 2015, Minimum Wage Needs to Rise to a Living Wage Nonprofit Quarterly, March 15, 2015, Durham, NC Living Wage Program Certifies Businesses and Non-profits Herald Sun editorial, March 15, 2015, Spreading Living Wages
Check out some of the great coverage of our launch! Non-profit Quarterly Durham Herald Sun The News and Observer Mountain Xpress WNCN-TV Women Advance NC
Launch Day Is Here Durham Living Wage Project is ready to launch tonight. One year of preparation and volunteer dedication has got us to this point. We want to thank all of our certified employers, volunteers and partners for believing in this project and helping to shape it and bring it to life. This is one important step in the right direction towards economic justice for our community. Read the press today! Great article in the N&O and by AdvaNCe NC.