What is a Living Wage ?
- The living wage rate is based on a budget covering the basic needs of a single person without children.
- The living wage basic needs budget includes: housing; food; clothes; health care; heat; hot water; lights; and transportation.
- The living wage is adjusted yearly based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.
- In 2015 based on a 1.6% increase in the Consumer Price Index it went to $13.18 for Northampton and $12.17 for Western Massachusetts towns other than Northampton and Amherst.
Why pay a Living Wage? It pays to pay a Living Wage:
- Cut turnover costs.
- Boost worker morale and effort.
- Help workers and their family to thrive.
- Coalition members and general public support for certified employers.
- Employers who pay or aspire to pay a living wage will attract more qualified workers.
- Workers with more money to spend will boost local economy.
- People who care about the Living Wage will be likely to use your business.
Why is certification important?
Certified employers get free publicity:
- Publicly thanked at City Council meeting.
- Listed with web link on the City website.
- Listed with web link on the Coalition website.
- Get a free Living Wage decal.