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Resolution Number: 1997-D082
Title: Urge Church-wide Promotion of the Living Wage
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 72nd General Convention urge all congregations, missions, dioceses and the national Episcopal Church to become actively involved in promoting the enactment of a "living wage" plus family health benefits, in the cities and communities in which they live, as the minimum acceptable norm for all working people -- "living wage" being defined as $7.50/hr. or $16,000/yr., the federal poverty line for a family of four; and be it further

Resolved, That the above standard be likewise urged upon all parishes, missions, and diocesan institutions of this Church as the minimum acceptable norm in the compensation of their employees.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, 1997 (New York: General Convention, 1998), p. 285.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author: The Rev. Canon Jamesetta C. Glosson-Hammons
Originating House: House of Deputies
Originating Committee: Committee on Social and Urban Affairs

House of Deputies

Original Text of Resolution:

(D082)

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this 72nd General Convention urge the parishes, missions and dioceses of the Episcopal Church to become actively involved in promoting the enactment of a "living wage" plus family health benefits, in the cities and communities in which they live, as the minimum acceptable norm for all working people -- "living wage" being defined as $7.50/hr. or $16,000/yr., the federal poverty line for a family of four; and be it further

Resolved, That the above standard be likewise urged upon all parishes, missions and diocesan institutions of this Church as the minimum acceptable norm in the compensation of their employees.

Proposed Committee Amendment:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this 72nd General Convention urge all congregations, missions, dioceses and the national Episcopal Church to become actively involved in promoting the enactment of a "living wage" plus family health benefits, in the cities and communities in which they live, as the minimum acceptable norm for all working people -- "living wage" being defined as $7.50/hr. or $16,000/yr., the federal poverty line for a family of four; and be it further

Resolved, That the above standard be likewise urged upon all parishes, missions and diocesan institutions of this Church as the minimum acceptable norm in the compensation of their employees.

Debate followed on Resolution D082.

Deputy Andress of Western Louisiana moved an amendment to the committee amendment.

Proposed Amendment:

In the committee amendment, first Resolved clause, line 5, delete "-- "living wage" being defined as $7.50/hr. or $16,000/yr., the federal poverty line for a family of four".

Debate followed on the Andress amendment to the committee amendment to Resolution D082.

The question was called to terminate debate on Andress amendment and the main motion.

Motion carried

Debate terminated

A vote was taken on the Andress amendment on Resolution D082 as amended.

Motion defeated

Andress Amendment defeated

A vote was taken on Resolution D082 as amended.

Motion carried

Resolution adopted with amendment

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #325)

House of Bishops

The Committee on Social and Urban Affairs presented its Report #34 on HD Message #325 on Resolution D082a (Living Wage), moved the resolution, and recommended concurrence.

Motion carried

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #325)

Resolution Concurred by Both Houses, July 25.

Abstract:   The 72nd General Convention urges all levels of the Church to promote the "living wage" as the minimum acceptable norm for all working people and to pay Church employees accordingly.