Thirteen percent of Raleigh city employees make less than $15/hour
Jeffrey C. Billman
July 28, 2015 at 8:00AM
In last week’s dead-tree edition, I wrote about N.C. labor activists’ #wageweek campaign, an effort to pressure policymakers and businesses alike to boost paychecks for those at the bottommost rungs of the socioeconomic ladder to something approaching living wage, and praising companies that have done so on their own. As it turns out, while the General Assembly proscribes cities from raising their minimum wages above the $7.25/hour federal rate or forcing their contractors to pay living wages, eight cities and counties around the state have taken the steps available to them: ensuring that all their employees earn a living wage, for instance, or setting up a living-wage certification program to encourage businesses to pay their workers better.