Workers Rally in Ithaca for Living Wage
September 17, 2013
ITHACA -- (WENY) People rallied outside the Tompkins County Legislature meeting asking for a living wage for all county-contracted workers. The Tompkins County Worker's Center held the rally. Then asked supporters to join them inside the legislature meeting for public comment.
Tompkins County already pays their employees above a living wage. But it's the people that are doing County business as contracted workers that these protesters are concerned about. Over 1,000 Tompkins County residents have signed a petition that calls on the County Legislature to ensure that all workers working on county contracts be paid a living wage.
During the meeting many on the legislature spoke out in support of living wage.
Saying the question is not if they're going to have a living wage for employees, but when and how.
"I and the other legislators are more than happy to support it because we believe
that everybody should be able to make a wage that if they're working 40 hours a week that's enough to support their family," said Tompkins County Legislator Nate Shinagawa.
Cathy Valentino, Former Town of Ithaca Supervisor said, "it comes back to build the community. You get more sales tax money, you get more growth in the community. It's actually a wise investment in the future."
Legislature may consider allocating a portion of their budget so they can boost these contracted workers pay, so they can make a living wage.