Livable Wage Ordinance

Ordinance Origins
In January 1998, the Durham City Council passed Resolution Number 11333 (PDF), which is known as the “Livable Wage Ordinance”. The intent of the “Livable Wage Ordinance” is that the employees of the contractor and its subcontractors shall receive at least the minimum hourly wage paid to City employees. The ordinance applies to contracts designated by the city manager as subject to the ordinance. The manager has directed that the Purchasing Division act in his/her behalf in determining whether the ordinance applies.

The ordinance states:
“These shall include only those contracts for services to the City and its agencies which the City could provide for itself with its own employees, should it decide to do so, and shall not include contracts governed by state or federal procurement or bidding requirements, or those where services are performed by non-profit, tax-exempt organizations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the City Council may make a determination that a contract with a non-profit tax exempt organization is 1 for which the City could have provided the contracted service with its own employees, and that the contract shall be subject to the provisions of this ordinance.”