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Durham Living Wage Project postpones deadline

The Durham Living Wage Project is extending its deadline to raise $20,000 to Friday.

The Durham Living Wage Project, which encourages employers to pay employees up to 70 percent above the state and federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, launched on March 10 a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 by the end of today, April 9, to cover expenses and a part-time staffer.

As of 5 p.m., the effort had raised just more than $10,000. Project organizer Carl Rist said they have pushed the deadline to just before midnight Friday.

The project is hosting a “buycott” at Durham ice cream business The Parlour, 117 Market St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Durham Living Wage Project offers a free certification process that requires employers to pay individuals without company-provided health insurance at least $12.33 an hour, those with insurance at least $10.83 an hour, and independent contractors $14.33 an hour.

The “buycott” events are one way the project is raising awareness about and supporting more than 45 certified living wage businesses and nonprofits.

The living wage project grew out of the Durham People’s Alliance, a community and political organization that advocates for progressive solutions for issues such as environmental protection, LGBT rights and affordable housing.

More information about the project can be found at http://www.durhamlivingwage.org/.

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