Had I been in town, I would have posted on this much sooner, but I’m pleased that the Irvine City Council majority passed the Living Wage law.Ã‚Â
What’s a Living Wage?
Definition: A policy requiring employers to increase hourly wages of any employees paid below a certain hourly rate.
Hourly rate: Typically a living wage is set so that on a full-time basis, wages are equal to or greater than the amount required to bring a family of four above the federal poverty line. The U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 2006 guidelines indicate $20,000 as the poverty threshold for a family of four.
Living wage: The first living wage ordinance was enacted in Baltimore in 1994. As of May 2005, about 130 jurisdictions in the nation had passed some form of a living wage ordinance. Of CaliforniaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 478 incorporated cities, 20 have passed some form of living wage ordinance.
Sources: HayGroup study of living wages, ACORN Living Wage Resource Center
So businesses doing work with the city will now be required to pay their employees at least $10 an hour or a minumum of $400 a week of $20,800 per year.
The NO twins of Dr. Choi and Christina Shea, of course, voted NO, on this proposal.Ã‚Â The Register reports that Choi’s reason for voting no is thatÃ‚Â he does not want Irvine taxpayers to pay for higher salaries and benefits for people who may not live in Irvine.Ã‚Â Newsflash for Dr. Choi:Ã‚Â I don’t see many people earning $20K a year living in Irvine.Ã‚Â
Shea, as usual, doesn’t like the law because a better one could have been passed.Ã‚Â Not that she actually came up with anything better, but like her support for mass transit, Councilwoman Shea has yet to offer any positive concrete proposal for something better than the council voted on.Ã‚Â This issue has been on the table for some time.Ã‚Â But no counter proposal from the council minority.Ã‚Â Aren’t the Republicans supposed to be the party of ideas?