As of March 1, 2015, Santa Fe workers earning the living wage will get a raise. This increase is in accordance with City Ordinance and corresponds to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for 2014. All employers within the City of Santa Fe are required to pay all workers the Living Wage.
LIVING WAGE KEY FACTS:
• Living Wage for 2015: $10.84
• Date Effective: March 1, 2015
• Who Earns the Living Wage: All workers in the City of Santa Fe
Originally, the Living Wage Ordinance included a provision to increase the wage to $10.50 in 2008. Instead, the community came together in 2007 for a compromise, and replaced the planned increase to $10.50 with an annual cost of living adjustment in order to help ensure that workers’ wages would keep pace with inflation.
Initially set at $8.50, the Living Wage increased to $10.29 in 2012, then $10.51 and $10.66 over the last two years.
In 2014, the cost-of-living index the wage is tied to (Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers) saw a 1.69% increase, leading to a raise for Santa Fe’s living wage workers of $0.18 cents/hr.
Announcing the increase, Mayor Javier M. Gonzales said, “Santa Fe can and should be proud of our Living Wage. Announcing the cost of living increase gives us a good opportunity to take stock and remember that at its heart, this is a moral issue. As the costs of things like groceries go up, we must not allow our workers to fall through the cracks.”