Liv­ing wage

The Daily Courier - - BUSINESS -

Although it hasn’t of­fi­cially been cal­cu­lated, it’s es­ti­mated the liv­ing wage in the Okana­gan is $18.21 an hour for a house­hold with two par­ents and two kids.

Yet, the min­i­mum wage is $12.65.

That means there’s a lot of peo­ple who work full-time who can’t make ends meet for their fam­ily.

That’s where the Liv­ing Wage for Fam­i­lies Cam­paign comes in.

The non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion is a coali­tion of busi­nesses and unions that ad­vo­cate a liv­ing wage and prom­ise to pay it or more to all their em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors.

Unions that have staff and mem­bers in the Okana­gan are mem­bers, such as the Hos­pi­tal Em­ploy­ees Union, B.C. Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees Union, B.C. Teach­ers Fed­er­a­tion, Cana­dian Union of Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees and United Food and Com­mer­cial Work­ers.

So far, 130 B.C. busi­nesses are Liv­ing Wage cer­ti­fied.

How­ever, there’s only two em­ploy­ers in the Okana­gan that have joined – Osoy­oos Credit Union and Modo Car Share.

Modo Car Share only has one em­ployee in Kelowna and a few con­trac­tors.

While the Liv­ing Wage cam­paign still has a long way to

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