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January 2017 Newsletter
100 Orange County Living Wage Employers Certified !
We are delighted to announce that on December 22nd Coastal Federal Credit Union’s Orange County office in Carrboro was certified as our 100th Living Wage Employer. The Credit Union is a member-owned, non-profit financial cooperative offering a full range of products and services through its 22 branches in the Triangle. Coastal is one of North Carolina’s leading financial institutions, with more than 220,000 members and over 1400 business partners. Much like OCLW’s other living wage employers, Coastal fosters the philosophy of “people helping people”.
Click here to see a complete listing of OCLW’s certified living wage employers.
Do you know other employers that might be interested in certification? Help us to spread the word and further living wage employment in our county. Our certification team is available to talk with employers about the benefits of certification, and to walk them through the certification process.
Interested in classical violin? How about supporting Orange County Living Wage? If so, then Mark Your Calendars for an exciting fundraising event we will be hosting on Sunday, March 12th with award winning violinist Jennifer Curtis. Tickets and other sponsorship opportunities will go on sale in late-January. Be on the lookout for more information and plan to attend! Your participation will help to further and support our great cause.
2017 LIVING WAGE RATES
The rates for employer certification are changing for the 2017 calendar year. Employers that are certified in 2017 must pay at least $13.15 per hour to all regular full and part time employees to qualify. For employers providing health insurance, the threshold is $11.65 per hour. Existing living wage employers certified in 2015 will require re-certification at the new rates. Again, all tipped, commissioned, and variable rate employees must be paid at least the living wage rate.
The living wage rate is based on the widely accepted Universal Living Wage calculation, which relies on Fair Market Rent data that's collected by the U.S. Department of Labor. Thus changes in area rents result in changes to the living wage. For more information, please see our Universal Living Wage Calculation page for details.
SUPPORT OUR CAUSE
Already certified? Or simply interested in supporting our work? You can always support our living wage efforts with a monetary donation. Your contribution helps us to afford brochures, framed certification certificates, car magnets, and more, that are all used to promote and sustain living wage employers and employment. Please consider a Donation to OCLW!
Thank you for all of your support in this voluntary effort to promote a living wage in Orange County.