The Living Wage Ordinance was passed by the Boston City Council and approved by the Mayor on September 4, 1998. The purpose of the Ordinance is to assure that employees of vendors who contract with the City to provide services earn an hourly wage that is sufficient for a family of four to live on or above the poverty line.
The current Living Wage is $13.49 an hour and will stay in effect until June 30, 2013. The living wage is subject to an increase each July 1.
Since the ordinance was implemented, the City has awarded one thousand nine hundred and nine (1,909) contracts that are covered. Theses contracts cover twenty-one thousand, one hundred thirty-four (21, 134) employees.
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Boston Living Wage
$1.57 per square foot
State Minimum Wage
$8.00 per hour