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Living Wage Western Mass. event to honor employers

Nearly three dozen city employers will be recognized Tuesday for committing to pay their employees a living wage at an event sponsored by Living Wage Western Mass.

The organization, formerly known as Northampton Living Wage Coalition, will highlight 34 Northampton living wage employers and two businesses who aspire to pay a living wage at its fourth annual Northampton Living Wage Week celebration.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Society, 220 Main St.

Kitty Callaghan, a Living Wage Western Mass member, will moderate and speak about the living wage campaign in Northampton and the start of new campaigns in Greenfield and Springfield.

The event will also feature a talk by Peter Rachleff, a professor of history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., who will speak and take questions about living wage campaigns and the labor movement.

Folk singer Ben Grosscup will perform and local actors will read from “Nickel and Dimed,” a play by Joan Holden based on the book by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Living Wage Week in Northampton was established as part of a December 2009 resolution by the City Council. Each year, the living wage for a single person living in Northampton is adjusted based on changes in the Annual Consumer Price Index. The living wage for 2013 is $12.78 per hour.

The event is free, open to the public, and child care is available.

— CHAD CAIN

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