Alexandria City Council Adopts Living Wage Ordinance
In 2016, the Alexandria City Council adopted a Living Wage ordinance that requires contractors, excluding construction, providing services on City-owned or City-controlled property to pay a minimum wage to their employees. For details, see a complete copy of the ordinance.
Questions about the Living Wage:
- When did the Living Wage become effective?
- What is the current Living Wage?
- How was the $15.00 per hour rate calculated?
- How often will the Living Wage change?
- What contracts will be affected?
- How will the City be certain that contractors pay the Living Wage?
- How will employees know about the Living Wage?
- What if an employee believes the contractor is not paying the Living Wage?
- If a contractor fails to pay the wage after notice from the Purchasing Agent, what will happen?
- What can I do if I have additional questions?
Frequently Asked Questions
A: The Living Wage became effective for City contracts July 1, 2016.
A: The City’s current Living Wage is $15.00 per hour. The Living Wage ordinance applies to all public contracts for the provision of services on property owned or controlled by the City of Alexandria subject to limited exceptions (City of Alexandria Code Sections 3-3-31.1 and 3-3-61.1).
A: The Living Wage is set by City Council.
A: Annually, as of July 1, the Purchasing Agent shall announce the current Living Wage, as calculated from the two federal indices. This announcement will be made using the Purchasing Division Web Page.
A: All service contracts performed on City-owned or City-controlled property, except construction, estimated to be greater than $50,000 in value, that will be formally solicited. Services to be covered include custodial, security, landscape maintenance, parking lot management, etc.
A: All contractors awarded a contract requiring the Living Wage will be required to provide quarterly and annual reports of wages paid to personnel working on City property. The City shall audit and inspect reports and payroll records, as necessary.
A: Contractors will be required to post notices in English and Spanish in a format to be provided by the Purchasing Agent. These notices will be posted at work sites and at the contractors' places of business.
A: The employee may notify the Purchasing Agent, who shall investigate and who may order the contractor to pay the proper wage plus interest in the event the contractor has not been complying with the ordinance. Contractors may not retaliate against employees who complain about failure to pay the proper wage rate.
A: The Purchasing Agent has the authority to terminate the contract and debar the contractor from doing business with the City.
A: Contact the Purchasing Division in person or by phone, mail or email at:Purchasing Division
100 North Pitt Street, Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314