The Living Wage

May 2016 – The Living Wage. It’s an appealing idea: people should earn enough to meaningfully participate in society and to be able to raise children. But how exactly is the living wage calculated? How does the line set by the living wage really differ from the poverty line? Is it a problem with the concept of the living wage that it won’t adequately support a single parent? And to what extent is the living wage calculation something fixed or something that will evolve over time in response to feedback from low waged persons? Getting into these issues raises all sorts of questions: from just why daycare costs have been rising so quickly in BC to what the role of unions and unionization is in the living wage campaign. Listen to the episode for an in-depth examination of the concept of the living wage.