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The Living-Wage Ordinance

A First Step in Reducing Poverty

By Selena Spain & Jean Wiley

Living-wage ordinances are an effective first step in the direction of raising the wages of the working poor. Unfortunately several limitations in the structure of these ordinances may lessen their potentially broad impact. As the living-wage campaign grows within the context of several of the values of community-based economic development, legal services advocates can take steps to ensure livable wages for all workers.

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