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Orange County Living Wage Rises to $14.90 An Hour In 2020

Orange County Living Wage (OCLW) announced a new annually adjusted living wage of $14.90 an hour, effective January 1. For living wage employers who provide at least half an employee’s health insurance coverage, the living wage is $13.40 an hour. A living wage is the minimum amount of income a worker needs to cover his […]


Living Wage Roster Grows to 186 Employers

Our most recent count of OCLW-certified employers has reached 186! The newest additions to our roster include: Wellsport Bodyworks; Milltown Family Dentistry; Gates Management & Realty; Catherine French Design, LLC; Hillsborough Pediatric Dentistry; Pam Herndon – State Farm Agency; Second Family Foundation; Santosha Space Yoga & Massage; University Presbyterian Church; Boer Brothers HVAC; Nugget Comfort, […]

Living Wage at the Business Excellence Awards

Living wage employers rang in some big honors at the 5th Annual Business Excellence Awards, which the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro (the Chamber) hosted on Friday, May 17. The BEAs are an annual gala celebration of local employers’ good practices, awarded in ten categories. We’re thrilled that four of this year’s winners are […]


Beau Catering Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Beau Catering, a Hillsborough-based catering service owned by longtime living wage advocate Beau Bennett, has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. We recently spoke with Marissa Erickson, Catering Manager, on the importance of living wages in Beau Catering’s business model, and on how she believes that the early implementation of a living wage has led to […]

Minimum Wage Hikes Gain Momentum Nationwide

The federal minimum wage has remained unchanged at $7.25 per hour since 2009, an amount that is simply not enough for workers in today’s economy. In the face of an unchanged federal wage, state and local governments, along with independent businesses that include big corporations, are raising wages to meet their own higher standards. This […]

Bill Introduced to Raise NC Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024

On Tuesday, March 19, North Carolina lawmakers joined Raising Wages NC — a coalition of workers groups, advocates, business, and faith leaders — to introduce legislation that gradually raises the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.  House Bill 366, “Raising Wages for NC Workers,” would also end the subminimum wage for persons […]


March Update: Living Wage Roster Grows to 180 Employers

We’ve now certified 180 living wage employers in Orange County, and several more are in the pipeline.  The newest additions to our roster include Sofia’s Boutique,  Greene Hunt Inc., Berkshire Chapel Hill, Superior Home Management, Human Kindness Foundation, Youth Community Project, Wellsport Bodyworks, and Actual Size Builders.  12 employers also met our criteria for recertification so far this year, which they can apply for every two […]

Certified Employers Recognized at Hillsborough/Orange Chamber of Commerce Gala

Living wage-certified employers earned some well-deserved recognition at the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Gala and Awards Ceremony, held on March, 2019.  Tiffany Barber, owner of Hillsborough Pharmacy & Nutrition, won the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year Award.  She was nominated by peer members of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce.  Barber says […]