The LWO-IRC has been created to review the proposed Living Wage Ordinance discussed during 2003 by the City Council. This ordinance has a goal of lifting the economic buying power of working people in Atlanta via rules requiring businesses who have a financial relationship with the City to pay a higher minimum wage and a required minimum level of health benefits.
The original proposed ordinance can be seen here (link below) as well as a high-level summary of the details of the proposed ordinance. While there have been many discussions of amendments and this ordinance is not necessarily the final proposal that may emerge from committee for full City Council consideration, the LWO-IRC will base its discussion on the original proposal.
The LWO-IRC is charged with offering an opinion that ultimately may have one of three different outcomes – favoring the ordinance as written, favoring the concept of the ordinance but offering a different specific ordinance proposal, or opposing the concept of the ordinance. If opposed, the commission may offer other ideas for addressing the community concerns discussed during the process.
The LWO-IRC is chaired by Dr. Walter Massey, President of Morehouse College and members of the commission are appointed by Dr. Massey.
This website will provide public access to the public meeting documents, minutes, and research reports provided to the LWO-IRC. Schedules of upcoming meetings will be posted here as well. All questions regarding the website content or LWO-IRC activities should be directed to the Chair of the LWO-IRC.