The Role of Community Involvement in Implementing Living Wage Ordinances



Although the living wage movement has been instrumental in the passage of almost 120 ordinances in its ten-year history, little attention has been paid to the implementation of the laws. This article analyzes the factors that can affect the success of living wage implementation. The results suggest that implementation is weaker when left solely to city administrators and more expansive when living wage advocates participate in the process. For example, involvement of advocates is more likely to lead to workplace monitoring, stricter procedures for employers to obtain a waiver, and evaluation of outcomes.