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San Diego Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Of Living Wage Ordinance

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Aired 4/14/10

San Diego City Council members joined a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the city’s Living Wage Ordinance.

— San Diego city council members joined a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the city’s Living Wage Ordinance.

Councilmembers Donna Frye and Tony Young read the proclamation to celebrate the fifth year of the city's Living Wage Ordinance.
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Above: Councilmembers Donna Frye and Tony Young read the proclamation to celebrate the fifth year of the city's Living Wage Ordinance.

The ordinance currently mandates all city contractors must pay at least $13.20 an hour, or, if they provide health insurance, $11 an hour.

A city report on the program suggests almost 1,000 workers have benefited, and almost half of employers found it resulted lower employee turnover, less absenteeism and better job performance.

Enforcement of the ordinance resulted in more than $200,000 of back pay being awarded last year.

Former Councilwoman Toni Atkins, who spearheaded the Living Wage Ordinance in 2005, addressed the crowd.

"This is good for families, it’s good for community, its for businesses, it is good for the economy." she said.

Atkins says workers paid the city’s living wage earn just $27,000 a year, which is hardly enough to support a family in San Diego.

Council members Donna Frye and Tony Young read a proclamation signed by all eight current council members, acknowledging the benefits of five years of the living wage in San Diego

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