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.)"