we do hereby proclaim...
Thanks to the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough, and to Orange County’s Board of Commissioners, for unanimously proclaiming Labor Day 2017 as Living Wage Day.
Proclamations have a language all their own. Have a look at Carrboro’s here.
The format is fun, if archaic and formal. But don’t write off proclamations as simply symbolic. The words connect directly to a county-wide commitment to living wages. All of Orange County’s municipal governing bodies are living wage employers, as are our two school systems, the folks who run our water supply, and even our liquor stores. Beyond these public employers, there is a diverse and growing list of non-profit and for-profit businesses.
Mark Marcoplos, an Orange County Commissioner and living wage employer with Marcoplos Construction, says that paying living wages “exemplifies the values of our residents.”
Read how paying living wages puts values into action to benefit both employees and employers in OCLW’s recently published op-ed.