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Libraries and a Living Wage

A living wage is a regional calculation that looks at the amount a family of four, two adults working full year, full time, need to earn to meet their expenses. The living wage allows working families to support the healthy development of their children and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of their communities.

Reasons to consider becoming a living wage employer include to contribute to individual, family and community wellbeing, to aid with recruiting and retaining staff, to increase staff productivity and/or morale, and to help us as library Trustees live up to our organisation’s values.

Employers can apply for living wage certification. There is a certification process, and it does cost $200 a year for a for nonprofit organisation with less than 50 staff.

The Grand Forks Library has gone through the process and as they met the requirements of a living wage employer, it is posted on their website (scroll to the bottom).  For more information, visit Living Wage for Families Campaign