On December 3, 2009 the City Council unanimously passed the Northampton Living Wage Resolution. Below is a summary of key provisions.
Recognizes the need for Northampton Workers to earn a Living Wage in order to meet their basic needs which include housing, food, health care, child care, transportation, and education
Proclaims that a Living Wage is a Human Right
Sets a Living Wage that changes annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). That wage is $12.09 an hour in 2011
Urges all employers to pay or aspire to pay their employees a Living Wage
Urges the City of Northampton to patronize Living Wage employers whenever possible
Encourages Northampton residents to patronize Northampton employers who pay or aspire to pay a Living Wage
Makes a commitment for the city to annually publicly acknowledge businesses certified by the Northampton Living Wage Coalition to be paying or aspiring to pay a Living Wage.
Establishes Living Wage Week as the week that includes April 10, the birthday of Frances Perkins. Frances Perkins was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945. She successfully fought for the first national minimum wage and overtime laws, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour work week.
Certified Living Wage Employers
The Northampton Living Wage Coalition certifies employers that pay a living wage and employers aspiring to pay a living wage. Aspiring employers agree to take steps to paying a living wage to all eligible full and part time employees (or the equivalent of the living wage if basic needs benefits are considered).
Northampton Living Wage Coalition
The Northampton Living Wage Coalition invites individuals and organizations to become part of a growing living wage movement. The mission of the organization is to support activities that enable all Northampton workers to earn a living that allows them to have decent housing, food, clothing, medical care and education for themselves and their families.