My talk “A Primer on Living Wage Policies and Just Employment” was upgraded from a poster session to a presentation and added to the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh. The presentation is Wednesday October 3 at 8:30 am in Convention Center 317. This is a 30-minute compact “on-ramp” for anyone who wants to learn about living wage policies and just employment.
And if you want to learn more, later that morning, I’ll be presenting “This Justice In: Updated Results From the Living Wage Policy Study” at 11:30 (also in Convention Center 317). I’ve revised my earlier post about AASHE (from July) to reflect the new information.
If you’re attending AASHE, or would like to connect in Pittsburgh, please drop me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Introduction to the living wage and the just wage model
The living wage is a measure of meeting basic living needs. A living wage is market-based and geographically-specific in that costs of living vary within and across the United States. A commonly used method for computing the living wage in the United Stats is the MIT Living Wage Calculator created by Amy K. Glasmeier and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
However, wages are only a part of what is meant by the term just employment. Individuals are dependent upon employers, and the reliability of one’s income has an impact on whether one can live on what they are paid. Thus, policies regarding employment practices, such as scheduling, can result in employees not earning enough money to meet their basic living needs. Said another way, if one is paid a living wage per hour but only working 20 hours a week, or every other week, is can hardly be characterized as a just wage.