One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living.
- ‘The higher retail prices of Fair Trade goods in turn maintain higher producer prices for family farmers and living wages on larger enterprises.’
- ‘Religious groups and labor unions started talking about living wages in the early 1900s, which led to the passage of the federal minimum in 1938.’
- ‘One can argue that the displacement consequences of the living wage are minimal because so few workers are affected.’
- ‘However, when they arrive many discover that even a living wage is hard to maintain.’
- ‘Conservation is well paid only at the highest level, and apprentices seldom earn a living wage.’
- ‘Retail workers have no organized voice to ensure their safety, nor to gain them a living wage and benefits.’
- ‘Advocates of the minimum wage, living wage, and family wage never even raise this fairly critical question.’
- ‘As a county councillor and someone who has to go out and earn a living wage, I know how hard it is for the vast majority of residents to find this increase in their Council Tax bills.’
- ‘We must raise the minimum wage to a living wage so that no one who works 40 hours a week lives in poverty.’
- ‘They also plan to pay themselves a living wage with benefits, and vote on major issues.’
- ‘The male breadwinner family, if not in decline, is under threat with women increasingly able to earn a living wage and control their own fertility.’
- ‘Courtney believes to keep skilled positions in the United States and employees earning living wages, a shake-up must occur in management.’
- ‘But the real impact of the living wage may be its effect on state and city minimum wages.’
- ‘We want living wages for people - real jobs, living wages.’
- ‘Dancers in the company make a living wage by Cuban standards, about as much as professionals like doctors do.’
- ‘Others are pursuing area-wide minimum wages set at levels closer to a living wage.’
- ‘For decades, grassroots organizations of low-income people have been fighting for living wages, affordable housing, adequate health care and decent jobs in their communities.’
- ‘Most jobs that former welfare recipients have found don't pay living wages and don't offer employer-provided health insurance.’
- ‘Meanwhile, no one in Washington talks much about living wages, increasing the minimum wage, indexing it for inflation or expanding the earned-income tax credit.’
- ‘The first is a decent living wage for public sector workers.’
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