Bon Secours takes ‘leadership role’ with 11.4% wage increase

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As talk of employee wages spreads across the nation, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System took a proactive step in increasing the wages of 367 of its Greenville employees from $9.87 to $11 per hour.

The company aims to take a “leadership role” by setting an example consistent with Catholic Church values, said Fernando Fleites, senior vice president of human resources.

Employees in 32 different positions will benefit from the change.

“What this really is aimed at is ensuring that our employees can lead better lives,” Fleites said.

Referred to as a “just wage” by the organization, the wage was introduced by Pope Leo XII in 1891 as what he defined as “an amount needed to support a thrifty and upright worker plus his family.”

The increase in an initiative across all the locations operated by the Maryland-based organization.

According to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a just wage must not be below the level of subsistence and is first the responsibility of the employer and then also the economic system as a whole.

Just wages

$11/hour – new wages for 367 Bon Secours St. Francis Health System employees

$9.87/hour – previous just wage

$7.25/hour – S.C.’s current minimum wage

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