The city of Lexington has several programs, including partnerships with Commerce Lexington and KCTCS, that promote worker education and retraining, and incentivize high quality job creation. While essential in helping workers attain higher paying jobs and encouraging quality job creation in the city, they don’t directly address the problems workers in low wage jobs face.
Why Does this Matter?
Low wage jobs often do not offer health or retirement benefits, paid sick leave, parental leave, and often have unpredictable schedules. All of these factors make low-wage jobs stressful and do not help create stability and security in a worker’s life.
Lexington loses tax revenue when residents’ purchasing power is limited by a low income and additional taxes are spent when low-wage workers must depend on public assistance programs.
Employment policy studies recommend encouraging and incentivizing High Road Workplaces. These employers implement paid sick days, family medical leave insurance, diverse hiring, fair wages, retirement plans and other workplace practices and policies that attract and retain productive, loyal employees.
How Can I Get Involved?
Talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about how wages effect their lives.
Talk with your city council representative about this issue.
Read more about Lexington policy and what other communities are doing to address this issue.
Support businesses that promote fair labor practices.