On August 6, 2015 Alliance Institute and its partners held a rally outside of New Orleans City Hall to announce our support for City Councilman Jared Brosset’s (District D) “Living Wage Ordinance.” Building on the work of the 2002 New Orleans living wage campaign, organizations like Stand With Dignity, Voice of the Ex-Offender, UNITE HERE and others have been working to raise wages for fast food workers and workers participating in the North Terminal project at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport are paid at least $15 an hour.
Following the August 6 event, the New Orleans city council voted 6-0 in favor of the Living Wage Ordinance. On Monday, August 17, 2015 New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed the ordinance into law. The new law mandates that companies holding city contracts of more than $25,000 or grants totaling $100,000 or more in a given year must pay their workers a minimum of $10.55 an hour.
The current Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour or $15,080 annually. The raise to $10.55 is seen as a step in the right direction for workers in New Orleans.