About a Living Wage

A Living Wage for All

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared a living wage to be a human right:

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care…”

“Out of our first century of national life we evolved the ethical principle that it was not right or just that an honest and industrious man should live and die in misery. He was entitled to some degree of sympathy and security. Our conscience declared against the honest workman’s becoming a pauper, but our eyes told us that he very often did.” Frances Perkins

“A living wage should be the right of all Americans.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Living Wage Resolution passed by the Northampton City Council recognized a living wage as a Human Right. The resolution set an hourly living wage rate based on a basic needs budget. Basic needs include: a home; food; clothes; health care; child care; and transportation. See Calculation of the Northampton Living Wage (PDF).