â€œThe New York State League of Women Voters supports a Living Wage, based on the Leagueâ€™s national position about meeting basic human needs. A Living Wage should provide sufficient income without government assistance, for food, clothing, housing, energy, transportation, health care, education, child care and a small amount of discretionary income.â€Â
To help in understanding of this issue in our community, the Tompkins County League of Women Voters is presenting a program, open to the public, at 7:00 PM on Monday, February 22 at the Tompkins County Public Library. A panel of three will describe various aspects of a â€œLiving Wageâ€ here in Tompkins County and how it can be implemented.
The speakers are:
- Karl Graham: Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Director of Community Relations and Development. He will describe how the living wage for Tompkins County is calculated and the Alternatives experience;
- Carl Feuer: Tompkins County Workersâ€™ Center, Community Organizer. He will tell us about workersâ€™ advocacy and local perspectives;
- Sue Dale Hall: Director, Child Development Council, a Certified Living Wage Employer. She will describe her agencyâ€™s implementation of a Living Wage and problems and challenges.