Media Advisory - Living wage would lift thousands of families out of poverty

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - A news conference on Thursday will launch the
Living Wage Campaign, with the release of the report Working for a Living Wage
2008: Ensuring Paid Work Meets Basic Family Needs. The study calls on major
public and private sector employers to pay a living wage that would lift
low-income families out of poverty and severe financial stress.
    "This study shows what families need to earn in order to have a decent
quality of life - not merely to survive," says Jane Worton of the Community
Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria. "For those who want to end child
poverty, this is where the rubber hits the road."

    News conference details:
    Thursday, September 25, 2008
    9:30 AM
    SFU Harbour Centre, Room

    Co-published by: the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, First Call:
BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, and the Community Social Planning
Council of Greater Victoria.

For further information:

For further information: Interviews available with authors, low-wage and
living-wage workers, and other community representatives. Call Terra Poirier
at (604) 801-5121 x229 or Sarah Leavitt at (604) 801-5121 x233 to arrange

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