Certified Living Wage Workforce Study, August 2017

This year, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, and the Alternatives Fund of Ithaca conducted the first-ever study of the Certified Living Wage Employer (CLWE) workforce. Since the CLWE program began in 2006, we have had considerable information about the businesses that choose to pay all employees a Living Wage and get certified, but have had no real data about who makes up the workforce. This study is the beginning of learning about these workers and learning whether our Living Wage work has made a difference. It has.