On October 25, 2001 the Sonoma State University Academic Senate approved the following principles of the Living Wage Movement

The principles are:

  1. A day's work deserves a fair day's pay and no one who works for a living should struggle in poverty. Government and taxpayer dollars should encourage the creation of jobs that permit workers to live with dignity and economic self-sufficiency.
  2. All workers should receive a wage adequate to cover the costs of housing, transportation, childcare, health care and food. In addition, workers should receive health benefits and compensated sick leave and vacation. A living wage should enable a worker and their family to live without any form of public or private assistance.
  3. Paying a living wage provides social and economic benefits for the community as a whole by decreasing the need for public assistance programs and increasing consumer spending in the local economy. Employee productivity, retention, and quality of services will improve for firms paying a living wage.
  4. Living wage ordinances apply to workers employed by a city or county, to workers employed by firms and organizations contacting with a city or county. And firms receiving public subsidies or leasing property from a city of county.
  5. We believe that implementing living wage legislation in municipalities and at the county level will contribute to building a more just, sustainable, and equitable economy in the North Bay