UNC Health Care to lift living wage to $15

Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care plans to incrementally increase the living wage for its employees to $15 per hour.

The change will apply to employees at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C., and UNC Physicians Network, according to the system. 

UNC Health Care will raise the living wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 13 and then to $15 per hour in July.

Housekeepers, stock clerks, nursing assistants and cashiers are among those affected by the living wage increase. Hospital officials said other hourly employees will see wage increases as a result of the change.

Overall, UNC Health Care expects adjustments to raise pay for about 9,000 employees at a system cost of about $15 million annually.

"We are committed to providing a competitive living wage to support our workforce," said Bill Roper, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care.


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