September 2017 Newsletter

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Making Living Wages Work September 2017

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“If you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of your business.”
-Erik Lars Meyer, Mystery Brewing Company


orange county living wage is hiring

Our living wage campaign continues! To certify more Orange County employers and raise more wages, we’re hiring a part-time coordinator for our certification team who will:

  • develop strategies for identifying good prospects for certification
  • provide potential employers with information on how to apply
  • manage the certification process for qualifying employers

Ideal candidates will be comfortable reaching out to and interacting with employers to discuss employee wages. They’ll also be highly self-motivated, with a passionate concern for living wages. The deadline for applying is September 29. You can find the full posting here.


pledge drive on!

Our September campaign to increase consumer support for living wage employers is on. Orange County Living Wage is asking consumers to sign our printed pledge card or submit a pledge via our website.

Our site is being redesigned. Have a look at the work so far, find the Pledge Form, and sign.


Our goal is to raise visibility and support for living wages. And to convert awareness into action.

Everyone who signs our pledge by 11/28 will be entered into a drawing for a $250 voucher to be spent with up to 3 of our living wage employers, on goods and services, or for a donation.

As always, thanks to our living wage employers, to Orange County residents and consumers for their support, and to the workers who keep our living wage employers up and running!


living wage roster at 128

We are thrilled to announce our most recently certified living wage employers.

Pediatric Physical Therapy (a Hillsborough practice)

Please find our complete list of 128 living wage employers here. Show them your support this month and all year long.


welcome, ari sanders, oclw steering committee member

Orange County Living Wage is delighted to announce Ari Sanders, General Manager of Hillsborough’s Mystery Brewing and Public House, as our newest steering committee member. Ari’s broad knowledge of the restaurant environment will help OCLW better understand the financial dynamics of restaurants and food service employers. Our goal is to bring on more food-related employers in the next year. Send us your recommendations for favorite restaurants you’d like to see certify as living wage employers.


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.


psa's with wchl

WCHL is now running the first in a series of public service announcements featuring the voices of living wage employers and employees. The Chapel Hill radio station – our fantastic community partner –already runs monthly spots to announce our new living wage employers. Now, they’re offering a series of public service announcements from living wage employers and their employees. James Barrett, Board of Education Chair for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, recorded the first two PSAs.

Listen to WCHL to hear them in September and through the fall. Or, click here and here!

Thanks to James Barrett, for speaking on behalf of the workers and employers who benefit from living wages. And a big thanks to WCHL for their generous, ongoing support.


volunteers needed at shakori hills festival

Can you help us staff our table and advocate for living wages at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival this fall? We’ll be at the festival all day on Friday,October 6, and Saturday, October 7. Email us at if you can help.

We’ll also have a presentation and speaker panel as part of the festival’s Sustainability, Peace and Justice series on both Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. If you’re at Shakori, find us at the Sustainability Pavilion and show your support for our living wage campaign.

Thanks for your strong and ongoing support in this voluntary effort to promote a living wage in Orange County.

Thank you for all of your support in this voluntary effort to promote a living wage in Orange County.
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Mike Andrews, Susan Attermeier, John Barrow, Kimberly Brewer, Victoria Freeman, Claire Home, Chris Lathrop, Mark Marcoplos, Susan Romaine, Ariane Sanders
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