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  1. -01-22-12 The Working Poor and a Living Wage (
      "Millions of people in the US work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the US needs to dedicate itself to making work pay."
      "In 2011, the US Department of Labor reported at least 10 million people worked and were still below the unrealistic official US poverty line, an increase of 1.5 million more than the last time they checked. The US poverty line is $18,530 for a mom and two kids. Since 2007 the numbers of working poor have been increasing. About 7 percent of all workers and 4 percent of all full-time workers earn wages that leave them below the poverty line." 01-12

  1. Living Wage (
      Points out that a living wage is different from the minimum wage. "The term 'living wage' is used by advocates to refer to the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve some specific standard of living. In the context of developed countries such as the United Kingdom or Switzerland, this standard generally means that a person working forty hours a week, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quality or quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation. This concept differs from the minimum wage in that the latter is set by law and may fail to meet the requirements of a living wage." 11-06

  2. Living Wage Calculator (Living Wage Calculator)
      Provides living wage figures by state and city or municipality. Undated. 11-06

  3. Living Wage Campaign, London (
      "The Living Wage is the level of pay and conditions that enables a full-time worker to make ends meet for themselves and their family."

      "Workers in London should be at least:

      * Paid a Living Wage (£7.05/hour).
      * Eligible for 10 days full sick pay.
      * Eligible for 28 days paid holiday (including Bank Holidays).
      * Given access to a recognised trade union." 11-06

  4. Living Wage Formula (Universal Living Wage)
      Provides a proposal to link a living wage to the local cost of housing: "By using existing government guidelines: 1) work 40 hours in a week, 2) spend no more than 30% of one’s income on housing, and 3) using the HUD section 8 rental calculations, we ensure that anyone working 40 hours in a week will be able to afford basic rental housing, food, clothing, utilities, and access to health care." 11-06

  5. Living Wage Movement (New York Times)
      "It is a common sentiment that economic fairness - or economic justice, as living-wage advocates phrase it - should, or must, come in a sweeping and righteous gesture from the top. From Washington, that is. But most wage campaigns arise from the bottom, from residents and low-level officials and from cities and states - from everywhere except the federal government." 11-06

  6. Minimum Wage Laws (CBS News)
      "The House voted to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, bringing America's lowest-paid workers a crucial step closer to their first raise in a decade. The vote was 315-116, with more than 80 Republicans joining Democrats to pass it." 01-07


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