On July 8, 2015 the City of Vancouver voted unanimously to approve a motion introduced by Mayor Gregor Robertson to make the city a Living Wage employer. The vote has been hailed a resounding success of the Living Wage for Families Campaign, which has been working on this issue for years.
As living wage advocates, we are delighted to see the City of Vancouver moving forward to become a living wage employer.
We should all be cheering. Why? Because we are all paying for the hidden costs of low wages. High living expenses and low wages mean that tens of thousands of working families are living in poverty in B.C. Our shamefully high child poverty rate of 21 per cent is all about their parents’ low pay. When children live in poverty, or when parents have to work multiple jobs just to stay afloat, our whole society pays the price
On the date that the motion was being debated, a rally outside City Hall was organized, where residents showed their support for the motion, and celebrated the decision.
Read the Living Wage for Families Campaign release here. You can also read an interesting article published by the Vancouver Sun, where Joey Hartman, president of the Vancouver and District Labour Council and Adrienne Montani, provincial coordinator of First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition explain the significance of this vote.