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3 Hamiltons meet to discuss their living wage efforts

11/06/2014 11:01 EST | Updated 01/06/2015 05:59 EST
Three Hamiltons will come together Thursday afternoon to discuss their successes and challenges in trying to implement a living wage in their communities.

CBC Hamilton is hosting a streamed live chat with groups from Hamilton, Ont., Hamilton, New Zealand and Hamilton, Scotland at 3 p.m.

Each community has a strong effort to get public and private employers to implement a living wage, and each community has had road bumps.

A living wage is the amount of money a worker needs to pay for basic expenses such as housing, clothing and food. In Hamilton, Ont., that amount is estimated at $14.95 per hour.

There have been some successes here. The local public school board has declared itself a living wage employer, and the city pays its full-time workers a living wage. About a dozen private businesses have signed on so far, said Tom Cooper, director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.

In Hamilton, Scotland, living wage advocates have gotten most of the public sector, including city councils, school boards and universities on board, Cooper said.

CBC Hamilton will ask the communities about their efforts, and what difference a living wage has made. Cooper will represent Hamilton, Ont. in the chat.

Tune in here at 3 p.m.

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