Extending the Living Wage
A group of New Haven alderman have proposed a series of amendments that would link an expanded living wage with health care coverage and paid sick leave.
The city has had a living wage ordinance since 1997 that covers workers employed by city contractors. Close to 200 cities across the country adopted similar laws in the 1990s. But three alderman want more:
They want the law expanded to cover contracts handed out not just by city government proper, but by other taxpayer-funded public and quasi-public agencies, such as the Board of Education and Tweed-New Haven Airport’s authority.
Other amendments would make the living wage higher for employees not offered health insurance and allow workers to accrue paid sick leave.