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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.