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Announcing the 2024 Living Wage Rate and Program Details

Just Economics of WNC is announcing the 2024 Living Wage Rate for Buncombe County as well as the new starting rate for those certifying as Pledged Living Wage employers this year. The 2024 Living Wage Rate is $22.10/hr, though employers previously certified have time to adjust to this rate and…

Why and How to Give

Why should I give to Just Economics? How do I give to Just Economics? Join Us!  Thanks again to Asheville FM for their media sponsorship of the Annual Celebration.

Join Us for our Annual Celebration

We are gearing up for our Annual Celebration and we want you to join us on Thursday, December 7th, 6-9pm at the event space at Habitat for Humanity, 33 Meadow Road in Asheville. This event is free and will include food, drinks, music, a raffle, a trivia game, and celebration….

Celebrate International Living Wage Week 2023

Just Economics invites all our local community members to join us in the recognition of International Living Wage Week from Monday November 6th – Friday November 10th!  Living Wage Week is a celebration that spotlights our Living Wage Certified Employers and elevates the discussion about living wages on the local,…

Transylvania County Living Wage Raffle

The Living Wage Coalition of Transylvania County is an affiliate of Just Economics, and we have been working to advance living wages and economic justice in Transylvania County for over a decade. We are currently working to raise funds to support an organizer to build on the work of the…

A Season of Celebration

Just Economics has a lot to celebrate this year and we are looking forward to a couple of events and activities that will help us to do just that! In 2023 we worked to develop the Centralized Rental Application, our affiliate in Transylvania County successfully advocated for a paid parental…

Centering the Voice of Workers This Labor Day

This Labor Day, we honor those who have fought for worker justice and reflect on labor history including some dark chapters in our local history.  While we have come a long way from some of the egregious safety issues and bloody conflict of the early 1900’s, we also know we…

The Centralized Rental Application Transforming the Rental Process

Introducing the Centralized Rental Application (CRA) At Just Economics we are thrilled to introduce a groundbreaking innovation designed to revolutionize the rental application process making it easier for tenants and landlords.  Today, we are proud to announce that the Centralized Rental Application site is now live accepting landlords, and we…

We’re hiring a Development Lead

Job Description: Part -Time Development Lead Just Economics of Western North Carolina is a regional membership organization based in Asheville, NC. Our mission is to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable economy that works for all in Western North Carolina. Just Economics was born out of the Asheville-Buncombe Living…

Just Economics is Hiring a Housing and Wages Organizer

Job Description: Full Time Housing and Wages Organizer–2023 Just Economics is seeking a full time Housing and Wages Organizer in Asheville, NC to support our work advocating for more affordable housing, better wages, and improved working conditions. Just Economics of Western North Carolina (JE) is a regional, membership organization based in…

Announcing the 2023 Living Wage Rate and Program Changes

Just Economics put the 2023 Living Wage Certification on hold for the first two months of the year as the organization planned for a few changes to the program. Today, March 1st, Just Economics is announcing the 2023 Buncombe County Living Wage Rate and the new addition to the living…

2022–A Year in Review

In 2022, Just Economics continued our fight for economic justice centering the voices of people most impacted. Among an on-going pandemic, high inflation, and the economic impacts of Covid 19, we worked together with low-wage workers, bus riders and drivers, tenants, partners, and allies to continue to have an impact…

Just Economics’ Annual Celebration–Thursday, December 1st

Join us for Just Economics’ Annual Celebration December 1st, 6-9pm at Jubilee! (46 Wall Street).  This event is free and open to the public.  We will have food, drinks, music, celebration and a raffle. We’ll be honoring pandemic heroes and the people who helped advance our work this year.   Big…

Celebrate Living Wage Week!

Join Just Economics and other Living Wage Programs in the United States and around the world in celebrating International Living Wage Week from November 14th – November 18th!  Living Wage Week is a celebration that draws attention to our certification programs and Living Wage Certified Employers, while highlighting the growing…

Labor Day Reflections: The Good, The Bad and The Path Forward

By Vicki Meath, Executive Director of Just Economics Labor Day is a natural time to reflect on the state of workers in our community and our world. Today I reflect on the good that is happening surrounding worker organizing, the bad news that still exists for too many workers, and…

New Tool: Buncombe Benefits Cliff Calculator

Even now, in 2022, women and particularly women of color continue to make significantly less than white male counterparts in the workforce, across all industries. In fact on August 3, as communities across the country mark Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, we know that Black women earn 58 cents for…

2022 Living Wage Rate

Just Economics announces our 2022 Living Wage Rate as $17.70/hr (with or without health insurance) In 2021, Just Economics reassessed our formula for determining the living wage. The last time we did that was in 2011, and this is a practice we intend to continue at least every 10 years….

Just Economics is Hiring!

Just Economics is hiring a full time Housing and Wages Organizer. Apply by January 7th at the link at the end of this post. Job Description: Just Economics of Western North Carolina (JE) is a regional, membership organization based in Asheville, NC. Our mission is to educate, advocate, and organize…

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