April 2016 - Living Wage

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County's final general meeting for this program year will be a joint meeting with the League of Women Voters of Mason County. During this meeting, we will hear about a range of challenges faced by people in our community who have limited incomes. It is amazing how many aspects of "Economic Justice" have impacts on a low income person or family as they struggle to make ends meet.

Mindie Reule, from the Thurston Asset Building Coalition will introduce us to the Economic Advancement Hub of the Coalition. She will tell us about the work they do. She will also help us explore a variety of factors that influence a living wage. A representative from the Washington State Labor Council will also be present to talk about their efforts to address the living wage. The focus of this presentation will be recent and current activities related to raising the minimum wage in Washington State, including details of Initiative 1433.

There will also be plenty of time for the audience to ask questions. We will also consider what individuals and Local Leagues can do to improve prospects for those earning low incomes.

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