In the Monadnock region, we know that 29% of households make less than $25,000 per year. That means their hourly wage is inadequate to maintain a safe and decent standard of living. The majority of these workers are adults, many of whom are supporting families with children. When workers earn less than a living wage, economic development, personal health, and employee productivity are all sacrificed.
A Living Wage definition: $15/hour, or the equivalent that includes benefits like health insurance that an employer may be subsidizing, for all adults (aged 18 years or older).
How can businesses afford to offer living wages?
The Living Wage Monadnock Coalition, comprised of business, faith, social service, government, non-profit, and education leaders, has identified the wage/income gap as a key opportunity to work together to make the Monadnock region a healthier place to live, learn, work, play and heal. Towards that end, we envision a Monadnock Region where every employee in every sector earns a Living Wage (or equivalent) for their work.
The Coalition is interested in understanding which businesses in the Monadnock region currently offer, or are interested in offering, a living wage. Please complete our short, anonymous survey and share your comments on the issue. If you would like to learn more, you may leave your contact information in the box provided.
Monadnock Living Wage Work Group Members:
- Cheshire Medical Center – Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene
- City of Keene
- The Community Kitchen, Inc
- Genesis Health Care
- Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
- Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship
- Keene Housing
- Keene State College
- Keene Unitarian Universalist Church
- Monadnock United Way
- Southwestern Community Services
- Southwest Region Planning Commission
- University of NH Cooperative Extension
- W.S. Badger Company Inc.