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Ottawa: ACORN Calls for Living Wage
580 CFRA News
Josh Pringle

April 6, 2011
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Councillors are being asked once again to support a Living Wage in the City of Ottawa.

Ottawa ACORN will hold a media event next week to urge the City to support its Living Wage Campaign, which is part of the city's Poverty Reduction Strategy.

ACORN says its campaign is focused on a wage increase of $13.50 an hour for full-time City of Ottawa workers.

The group says the campaign is based on the Low Income Cut Off to ensure municipal public dollars when given to contractors, economic development assistance firms and direct contract employees receive a "base level pay."

The City of Ottawa's Poverty Reduction Strategy estimated a Living Wage for contracted City workers would cost taxpayers an extra $1.4 million a year.