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Karin Dryhurst

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.

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Posted at 2:57 PM, Apr 20, 2010 in Cities | Labor
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