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Living Wage Chart 2007

Alternatives Federal Credit Union Living Wage Study (2007)

Category Month (2004) Month (2006) % change Year(2006) Comments Source
Rent $602.00 $628.00 4.32% $7,536.00 Fair Market Rent for single bedroom apartment including utilities HUD
Food $167.90 $180.95 7.77% $2,171.40 Average of Low-cost Plan Food Stamp cost for males and females ages 20-50 USDA
Transportation $153.28 $164.22 7.14% $1,970.60 Weighted average of amount spent on cars, public transportation TCAT, Census, BLS
Communication $36.82 $56.48 53.39% $677.76 Local and 30 min long distance. Add DSL. Verizon
Health Care $101.26 $122.62 21.09% $1,471.45 Employee's share of premium plus out of pocket medical expenses Alternatives, BLS
Recreation $105.92 $100.00 -5.59% $1,200.00 Discretionary. Computer/Internet access moved to Communication
Savings $52.50 $56.00 6.67% $672.00 Adjusted for inflation BLS
Miscellaneous $109.13 $105.08 -3.71% $1,261.00 Apparel, personal care, small appliances/houseware Claritas
Net (Subtotal) $1,328.81 $1,413.35 6.36% $16,960.21
Payroll Tax $120.56 $130.42 $1,565.00
Federal Tax $107.18 $118.58 $1,423.00
State Tax $35.29 $41.83 $502.00
TOTAL $1,591.84 $1,704.18 7.06% $20,450.21 $10.35 @ 38 hrs/wk; $9.83 @40
Day Care Infant/Toddler $562.50 $702.72 24.93% DayCareCouncil
Day Care Preschool $395.83 $651.31 64.54% DayCareCouncil

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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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