Our living wage rate for 2016 remains $12.50/hr or $11/hr with employer provided health insurance. We re-figure our living wage rate every year and adjust according to a predetermined formula. This formula is based on Fair Market Rent as determined by HUD and adjusted using a four year average of the FMR to mitigate any volatile changes up or down. We adjust the wage rate if there is a 3% or greater change from the previous year. For more on how the living wage is calculated click here
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Just Economics works to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable local economy that works for all in Western North Carolina. We see ourselves not as people of privilege advocating on behalf of low-income people but rather, people of privilege and low-income people advocating together for a better economic community. We welcome participation in our work from all members of our community.
We often talk about our three areas of work: Policy Advocacy, our Living Wage Employer Certification Program, and Community Education and Leadership Development. Our latest active campaign is an effort to improve the bus system by including the voice of people who ride the bus out of necessity in changes, The People’s Voice on Transportation Equality.
We also work to promote living wages and economic justice in Transylvania County with the Living Wage Coalition of Transylvania County.
–Our bi-monthly meeting are the third Tuesday @ 6:30 of every other month and open to anyone that would like to participate with us or learn more about our work. On the opposite months we host our People’s Advocacy and Action Group, a way for people to get engaged with issues.
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