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Living Wage Coalition of Transylvania County

The Living Wage Coalition of Transylvania County is a coalition working as a part of Just Economics to promote living wages in Brevard and the surrounding areas.

The LWCTC meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard from 10am -noon.

The LWCTC promotes living wages and a just economy by advocating for responsible public policy, participating in the voluntary living wage employer certification program, and by educating the community about issues of economic justice through activities like the Western North Carolina Poverty Simulation.  We also work to involve leaders from low-income communities through the Voices for Economic Justice program.

Living Wage Certification in Transylvania County:

To apply for Living Wage Certification in Transylvania County click on the 2017 Transylvania County Living Wage Certification Application

povertysimbrevardcollegeCommunity Education Work in Transylvania County:

The Living Wage Coalition of Transylvania County is an affiliate group of Just Economics (JE).  JE has a poverty simulation designed to help people understand the challenges of living on a low income in Transylvania County.  It is a two hour experiential learning exercise for groups of 20-45 people.  For more information or to schedule a poverty simulation for your group, contact Vicki Meath- 828-505-7466

The 2012 Voices for Economic Justice class created a film about living on a low-income in Brevard.  The film is a powerful display of what it is like to live on a low-income.  The film is available for viewing upon request.  Watch the trailer here

Living Wage Employers in Transylvania County

The LWCTC participates in the Living Wage Employer Certification Program.  The Living Wage rate for Transylvania County in 2015 is $11.85 or $10.35 with employer provided health insurance.  For more information about determining the wage rate click here.  The following list are Transylvania County Certified Employers:

Brevard Academy

Brevard Hearing Center

Brevard Housing Authority

Brevard Tiny House

Carmichael Training Systems, Inc.

Carolina Financial Group

Centro Comunitario Hispano-Americano

Charles D. Lefler MD, PA

The Children’s Center


Dale A. Nash, MD

Ecusta Credit Union

Executive Planners

Gaia Herbs

Gordon Family Pharmacy

The Haven

Healthy Harvest Natural Foods

The Hub at Backcountry Outdoors

Hunters and Gatherers

Indoor Enviromental Specialists

John N. Gardner Institute

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Mac Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc

Oskar Blues Brewery

PAA’s Inc

Rehabilitation Services

Rosman United Methodist Church

St. Timothy United Methodist Church

Self Help Credit Union – Pisgah Forest

Self Help Credit Union — Penrose

Self Help Credit Union – Rosman

Selica United Methodist Church

Sisters of Mercy-Brevard

Sylvan Valley Family Dentistry

Transylvania Association for Disabled Citizens

Transylvania Christian Ministry–Sharing House

Ty Hendrix-LPL Financial

Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County

Western Carolina Community Action

W.S. Cozart, DDS

Yellow Dog Construction, Inc.


If you are an employer in Transylvania County review the criteria for certification and access the employer application here.