Living Wage Resolution



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  • Board Policy #110
  • Board Approval: 12/06/01 (Adopted)
  • Revision: 01/24/02
  • Director's Recommendation: 12/06/01
  • Legal Advice: 12/07/01

Whereas, the Central Arkansas Library System employs people directly and indirectly through contracts, on a full, part time and temporary basis;

Whereas, the Central Arkansas Library System has a limited amount of taxpayer resources to expend and is entrusted to spend these resources wisely;

Whereas, the payment of wages that leave workers and families below the poverty line increases the burden on taxpayer-funded social services needed to make ends meet;

Whereas, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute nearly 30% of all earners in Arkansas fall short of the annual income necessary to meet their basic needs;

Whereas, low pay fosters high turnover among employees, which increases recruitment, training and supervisory costs to the Library System;

Whereas, insuring living wage pay is an essential step in attracting and retaining the highest quality employees to deliver the highest quality services to the citizens of Central Arkansas;

Therefore be it Resolved, that the Board of Trustees of the Central Arkansas Library System does hereby adopt a Living Wage Policy which includes the following elements:

  1. Beginning with the first work day of January 2002, all permanent (full-time and part-time) CALS employees who work at least twenty (20) hours per week shall be paid a living wage of at least $8.75 an hour. This living wage rate will increase to $9.00 an hour on July 1, 2002.
  2. The living wage rate described in #1 above shall be adjusted by April 1 each year to reflect, at a minimum, changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for the Southern Region for the previous calendar year.
  3. All permanent CALS employees working at least twenty (20) hours per week are eligible for medical benefits. In no case may the contributions of the Central Arkansas Library System towards the provision of health benefits for its employees and/or their dependents be less than the equivalent of $1.00 per hour worked.
  4. All permanent CALS employees working at least forty (40) hours per week are eligible for retirement benefits which CALS will fund at not less than 6.5% of gross payroll.
  5. Employees of the Library System shall be given written notice of the Living Wage Policy upon hire and at the time of each annual increase. Every library branch within the Central Arkansas Library System shall post, in a conspicuous place on its premises, notice of this policy. Such notice shall also inform employees of their rights and outline a procedure to file a complaint with the CALS Personnel Department if they have evidence that the policy is being violated.
  6. As a matter of general policy, the Library System will not contract out additional services now being performed by CALS employees as of January 1, 2002 unless such a contract is necessary to improve the quality of services required by the Library System AND is conditioned on the payment of a living wage, as defined and adjusted per this policy, to employees performing work for CALS under the service contract.
  7. This Living Wage Policy was adopted by the CALS Board of Directors, and may be rescinded by the Board at any time and for any reason.