On Wednesday the City of Vancouver is set to debate the living wage implementation plan, and some groups are hoping to see that living wage extended to others.
Last July, Council approved a motion committing to pay direct city staff a living wage of $20.64.
But it didn’t include contractors like janitorial workers, security, and folks doing graffiti work for the city.
Deana Ogle with Living Wage for families Campaign says the policy should be applicable to all city workers.
“Contact workers who will see a wage increase as a result of the passing of a living wage implementation plan by council are janitorial workers, security workers, and folks doing graffiti work for the city.”
Ogle says the Vancouver Public Library and Vancouver Police Department have a small number of people who don’t earn a living wage, Ogle says both organizations will also be certified as living wage employers.
Several groups including unions representing Municipal, Community and Public staff will be making presentation to council Wednesday.
If approved, the financial impact would cost the city $1,043,000 annually.