January 2017 Newsletter

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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.

Email us at info@orangecountylivingwage.org with a referral!

416 W. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

www.moshimoshimeanshello.com 919-933-1272

“I pay a living wage because I would like the people who work for me to be able to live here and prosper!”, Catlin Hettel, owner. And we are pleased to note that like many other employers in our area, Moshi Moshi added to the pay of some employees in order to qualify as a Certified Orange County Living Wage Employer! Catlin and her ‘Moshettes’ have created an award winning, community driven environment that’s unpretentious and honest and offers the best in hair styling and skin care.


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.

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.

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.
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Orange County Living Wage Steering Committee
Susan Romaine, Chair
Dr. Stuart Bethune, Vice Chair
Dr. Susan Attermeier, Secretary
Mike Andrews, John Barrow, Kimberly Brewer, Lewise Busch, Victoria Freeman, Chris Lathrop, and Mark Marcoplos
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