Convention Resolution

Resolution 47: Living Wage Ordinances

Submitted by Huron Valley Central Labor Council (Mich.)


WHEREAS, The Huron Valley Central Labor Council representing unions in Washtenaw and Livingston counties in Michigan has, over the past six years, worked to pass 10 living wage ordinances in Washtenaw County; and

WHEREAS, 85 other living wage ordinances have been passed in the 5,600 counties in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Huron Valley Central Labor Council was the primary mover to have enacted over 10 percent of the national total in one county; and

WHEREAS, the following governmental entities have enacted living wage ordinances with cost-of-living increases in the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County governments, the charter Townships of Ypsilanti, Pittsfield, Augusta, Superior and Scio, the Washtenaw County Road Commission and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (parking lots and parking structure employees); and

WHEREAS, the Huron Valley Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and President Fred Veigel were the driving forces for enactment of these ordinances;

WE HEREBY RESOLVE to give congratulations and a hardy well done to President Fred Veigel and the Huron Valley Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.