When you visit the Just Economics website at http://justeconomicswnc.org/transylvania-county.html, you will see this message:

The LWCTC promotes living wages and a just economy by advocating for responsible public policy, participating in the voluntary living wage employer certification program, and by educating the community about issues of economic justice through activities like the Western North Carolina Poverty Simulation. We also work to involve leaders from low-income communities through the Voices for Economic Justice program.

John at Living Wage PicnicThe Coalition held a community picnic on September 2nd at Silvermont.  We stopped by for a visit and to learn more about their work.  As John said, the group is well organized and really gets their message across.

Again from their website:

What is a Living Wage?

A “living wage” is the minimum amount that a worker must earn to afford his or her basic necessities, without public or private assistance. In short, a living wage is the real, just, minimum wage.

The living wage for a single individual living in Western North Carolina for 2016 is $13.00/hour without employer provided health insurance, or $11.50/hour with health insurance provided by the employer. This amounts to $27,040/year without benefits, or $23,920/year with benefits, assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks a year.


We enjoyed meeting the people in our community dedicated to this work.  It makes so much sense and is so important.  Thanks to everyone who put the event together and thanks for all you do.