Living Wage Campaign took a different approach to make our presence felt at the most recent BOV meeting. We called ourselves “Corporations and Students United” and greeted the BOV on a cold February morning in an effort to present them with fake awards such as “Labor Streamlining Award”, “Corporate Tool Award”, and “Human Capital Management Award”. We even had pithy tag lines to go with the awards! Here is the press coverage from Newsplex. Head over to our Facebook page for pictures.
President Obama’s call for a $9/hr minimum wage in his State of the Union address last week has sparked a nationwide conversation about wages. As the Huffington Post reports, though that $9/hr figure would be a slight improvement over the current federal minimum of $7.25/hr, it still falls far short: “The minimum wage should have reached $21.72 an hour in 2012 if it kept up with increases in worker productivity, according to a March study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.” You can read the Huffington Post article here and the Center for Economic and Policy Research report here.