Board of Supervisors Adopts Living Wage

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Sept. 10, 2007

Board of Supervisors Adopts Living Wage for
Fairfax County Government Employees

At its meeting today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the adoption of a living wage of $12.75 an hour for all merit, regular, retirement-eligible county employees, effective Sept. 15.

The yearly fiscal impact of this action based on current pay rates is projected to be $52,834, with the cost absorbed by county agencies. The action will affect 49 employees, primarily in maintenance, custodial and administrative positions.

The board directed that the county’s living wage be the highest of either the rate paid in Arlington County or the city of Alexandria. The rate will be reviewed annually. The current Arlington County rate is $11.80 and the city of Alexandria rate is $12.75.

At its Aug. 6 meeting, the board stated that it will be the policy of the board to encourage all county vendors and employers located within the county to adopt a similar living wage for their employees. Fairfax County government cannot legally mandate a living wage for vendors and other employers. However, the following clause will be part of each county purchasing solicitation: “Fairfax County is committed to paying a living wage to all qualified county employees and encourages contractors and subcontractors involved in all county programs, services, and activities to pay a living wage to their employees.”


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