Over 600 Durham CAN leaders packed the sanctuary of Monument of Faith Church to declare Durham a living wage city. CAN leaders demanded and won impressive commitments on living wages, ban-the-box, local hiring, and job training.
The Chair of the Durham Housing Authority committed to ensure all jobs required to renovate its properties, a $566 million project, will go up from $12.69 to $15/hour within the next two years. All contractors will also be required to pay at least $15 per hour. The priority will be to hire its own residents. Mayor Steve Schewel promised to ensure all jobs generated under his $95 million bond referendum proposal and the Beltline Project will pay at least $15. The Mayor promised the city will work with Durham Technical Community College to ensure the training and hiring of local workers. Leaders from Go Triangle ratified their commitment to pay $15 for most of their jobs.
Executives from Duke University announced they ban-the-box, boost wages to $15 per hour and will make workforce development a priority. Executives from Duke will soon travel to Baltimore to learn more about BUILD and its project Turn Around Tuesday, and the John’s Hopkins workforce development model. The President of the Durham Technical Community College also pledged to train Durham workers to be connected into future living wage jobs.
The current campaign builds on a strong tradition of CAN victories on living wages. In previous years, CAN won living wage agreements from the City of Durham, the County of Durham, Durham Public Schools, Duke University and GoTriangle.