There are many sources for information about the living wage on
the internet. I've collected a few of the best here, as well as
a some other sources of information.
-- ACORN provides the most complete resources for living wage activism
on the web: the Living
Wage Resource Center and the College
Living Wage website.
Progressive Student Labor Movement has
a fantastastic site, with links illustrating the long history of
the Harvard campaign.
-- The Economic Policy
Institute and PERI
provide some of the economic grounding for living wage campaigns.
(Arguments and research against living wages (and minimum wages
in general) can be found at the usual conservative institutes, including
the Cato Institute and the Heritage
Students Against Sweatshops is an active national student
organization dedicated to increasing the power and welfare of low-wage
workers and families. They have been involved in supporting numerous
campaigns, including the Living Wage campaign.
Summer is an internship program for students and part-time
organizers directed by the AFL-CIO. Many student activists and future
organizers have participated in this program.
is an excellent international news source for stories related to
unions and workers' rights. It also sends out important action alerts
and email campaigns.
-- Jobs with Justice
is a large coalition made up of much smaller ones across the United
States. The Rhode Island
Jobs with Justice is directed by Matthew Jerzyk (interviewed
here). Jobs with
Justice also teamed together with the US Students Association to
Action Project (SLAP).
-- SEIU (Service
Employees International Union) is the largest union within the AFL-CIO,
and is often the union involved in or leading living wage campagins,
on and off campus.
-- PR Watch
is an outstanding watchdog of the confluence of public relations
and politics. Both their books and their weekly newsletters are
important, surprising, and often disturbing insights into contemporary
politics. For an excellent article on Berman & Co., the PR group
behind the anti-living wage institute Employment Policies
Institute, see "Berman
& Co.: 'Nonprofit' Hustlers for the Food & Booze Biz."