The goal of the Living Wage Monadnock Coalition is to inspire at least 50 employers in the region to implement a plan to achieve the living wage vision by the year 2020.
As of July 2017, 7 employers have committed to providing a living wage for their employees.
In the Monadnock Region, 29% of households make less than $25,000 per year. This wage equates to a full-time worker earning $12/hr. An hourly wage of this kind is inadequate to maintain a safe and decent standard of living (food, housing, transportation, and medical care). Today, 40% of Monadnock region workers make less than a living wage at their jobs.
A Living Wage definition: $15/hour, or the equivalent that includes benefits like health insurance that an employer may be subsidizing, for all adults (aged 18 years or older).
We envision a Monadnock Region where every employee in every sector earns a Living Wage for their work, optimizing their income, education and social potential, and resulting in stronger economic development, improved health outcomes, and reduced health care costs for the region. The entire Monadnock region will benefit when all workers earn a living wage.