Nashville Living Wage asks employers to intervene | Pith in the wind

According a United Way report which assesses data and measures financial hardship across the state. Although $17.40 is well above the federally mandated minimum wage, it is still below what workers would need to be considered financially stable according to the United Way report, which is said to be just over $32. Of time.

Nashville Living Wage, which launched just over a year ago, is asking local employers to consider these numbers and commit to providing their employees with a living wage.

The organization certifies in-market employers through an application process where companies must prove employees earn at least $17.40 per hour or $15.40 with health benefits. If they meet all criteria, employers receive resources and marketing materials to show they have been certified by Nashville Living Wage.

During International Living Wage Week November 14-20, Nashville Living Wage is going door-to-door to talk with employers about providing a living wage for all of their employees. In the Five Points area on Saturday, they are looking for volunteers to join them at Bongo Java East at 12:30 p.m. to begin canvassing. The organization also accepts requests for new employers certified until November 22.

Aimee, Chair of the Nashville Living Wage Board of Directors Shelid Mayer says it’s important to provide a place where employers can learn the benefits of providing a living wage. They want to make it attractive and simple for employers, and they want to create a network of local businesses who are proud to have worked hard to figure out how to make sure people earn what they need. Currently, there are 16 certified employers at Nashville Living Wage, including Nashville Foodscapes, Safe Haven Family Shelter, and Neighborhood Health.

“The most obvious benefits to an employer offering a living wage are that they attract workers – they attract good workers,” says Shelid Mayer. “It decreases turnover rates. It improves absenteeism at work. It increases worker morale, which also means it’s go reduce the cost of hiring and training new employees. We see around us in Nashville such a demand for workers – everywhere you look, places are hiring. It is an additional means of attracting workers to a company.

Shelid Mayer says that aside from these benefits, the more a person earns, the more they are able to spend in their city. At a salary below $17.40, and even then, housing in the city is unaffordable. As employee strike and form unions throughout the country, Shelid Mayer points out that an organization like Nashville Living Wage only outlines the basics of what a worker should earn to live in the city.

“We are looking at wages because we think wages are the floor, you have to pay people at least what it takes to survive,” Shelid said Mayer.

Michael A. Bynum