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Living Wage 2013 Chart

 Alternatives Federal Credit Union Living Wage Study 2013

Category Month (2010) Month (2012) Percent Change Year (2012) Comments Source
Rent $811.00 $836.00 3.08% $10,032.00 Fair Market rent for single bedroom apartment including utilities HUD
Food $203.60 $218.50 7.32% $2,622.20 Average of low-cost food plan for males and females ages 19-50 USDA
Transportation $179.03 $189.01 5.57% $2,268.12 Weighted average of amount spent on cars, car share, public transportation, and bicycle maintenance ACS, BLS, EIA, TCAT
Communication $59.99 $63.24 5.42% $758.88 Nationwide prepaid cell phone and internet AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner
Health Care $173.08 $188.64 8.99% $2,263.68 Employee's share of premium and out of pocket medical expenses BLS, Alternatives
Recreation $101.62 $107.00 5.29% $1,284.00 Adjusted for inflation  
Savings $60.78 $64.00 5.30% $768.00 Adjusted for inflation  
Miscellaneous $110.46 $113.75 2.98% $1,365.00 Apparel products, housekeeping supplies and personal care products and service BLS
             
Net (Subtotal) $1,699.56 $1,780.14 4.74% $21,361.68    
Payroll tax $114.28 $167.33 46.42% $2,007.95    
Federal tax $149.23 $165.91 11.18% $1,990.91    
State tax $59.56 $73.47 23.36% $881.67    
TOTAL $2,022.63 $2,186.85 8.12% $26,242.21    
             
hourly @ 40hrs./week $11.67 $12.62

   

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The Finger Lakes ReUse Center was awarded The Jeff Furman Award for Social Responsibility in Business at Alternatives’ 2012 annual meeting, with Executive Director Diane Cohen accepting the award. Cohen expressed her thanks: “We will hang the award prominently and proudly in our Reuse Center, and as we grow, we will continue to use this as a beacon, to continue our efforts to maximize our capacity to provide opportunities and relieve hardship. We know we are in solidarity with Alternatives on these issues. We're a young organization with a mission to enhance community, economy, and environment through reuse, and a priority to serve our community well. Receiving this award has been an honor and an affirmation.”


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