On Aug. 25, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle declared Labor Day "Living Wage Day" to promote paying workers fairly.
Lavelle said Labor Day makes the perfect Living Wage Day because it highlights working traditions. She said the nonprofit organization Orange County Living Wage asked her and other town officials to issue a proclamation focused on the benefits of livable wages.
“Carrboro has had a living wage for a while, so the proclamation was just to increase awareness regarding the importance of having a living wage,” she said.
She said it was important for employers and employees to respect each other in order to have a mutually beneficial environment.
“By having a living wage, you get a workforce that knows you value them and that is more invested in the jobs they secure,” Lavelle said. “Businesses that have enforced a living wage policy see that employees are more likely to stick around longer.”