On December 3, 2009 the City Council unanimously passed the Northampton Living Wage Resolution. Below is a summary of key provisions.
- Recognizes the need for Northampton Workers to earn a Living Wage in order to meet their basic needs which include housing, food, health care, child care, transportation, and education.
- Proclaims that a Living Wage is a Human Right.
- Sets a Living Wage that changes annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). That wage is $12.09 an hour in 2011.
- Requires Living Wage Employers to pay at the least the Living Wage rate to all eligible full time and part time employees (or the equivalent of the living wage if basic needs benefits are considered).
- Urges all employers to pay or aspire to pay their employees a Living Wage.
- Urges the City of Northampton to patronize Living Wage employers whenever possible
- Encourages Northampton residents to patronize Northampton employers who pay or aspire to pay a Living Wage.
- Makes a commitment for the City to annually publicly acknowledge businesses certified by the Northampton Living Wage Coalition to be paying or aspiring to pay a Living Wage.
- Establishes Living Wage Week as the week that includes April 10, the birthday of Frances Perkins. Frances Perkins was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945. She successfully fought for the first national minimum wage and overtime laws, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour work week.