“Now is the time to make an adequate income a reality for all of God's children, now is the time for city hall to take a position for that which is just and honest." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The struggle for economic justice, which was effectively derailed 43 years ago with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is back on track! A living wage is a wage which is based upon the cost of living in an area, rather than an arbitrary minimum. Under an ideal living wage, someone who works an ordinary 40 hour per week job would be able to afford shelter, food, health care, and other basic necessities of life. Now, there’s a growing movement to pass living wage ordinances in cities throughout the world. In the U.S., this movement began in 1994, when a community-labor coalition mobilized a successful grassroots campaign to pass the nation's first ”living wage” law in Baltimore. Since then, more than 140 U.S. cities have followed suit. Now, it should be New Yorkers turn to provide good jobs, with a living wage, not keep people in poverty and we can if we pass the Fair Wages For New Yorkers Act.