The Student Worker Solidarity Resource Center (formerly the Living Wage Action Coalition) strengthens the student movement to support campus workers' struggles by sharing the experience of succesful campus living wage activists with students around the country. SWSRC supports the powerful work of United Students Against Sweatshops and the Student Labor Action Project, two major national student labor solidarity networks.

FALL 2006: Living Wage Action Coalition Merges with Jobs With Justice! Feb. 16, 2007 - The merger with JwJ was proposed after many strategy sessions USAS and SLAP discussing the most effective to strengthen the student-labor movement. LWAC has now transfered into the Jobs With Justice national office and is working with JwJ and SLAP to create a plan to incorporate all of the amazing stories and tools that we've learned over the past year into their training curriculum. [read more]
SUMMER 2006: Living Wage Action Coalition gets support from a leading hotel website! Jul. 16, 2007 - A leading travel industry portal has agreed to pay all its staff a living wage! Every staff member will get at a minimum the average country wage in all countries in which they operate, and going up to 150% of the average wage for staff who are with the company over two years! LWAC hails the trend setters and implores other businesses to follow. Remember a higher wage means more of your company'smproducts will be sold enriching us all. [read more]
SPRING 2006: Students Take Action to Support Campus Workers; Major Victories Across the U.S. May 12, 2006 - The good news keeps coming and coming! Campus chapters of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) have achieved a number of exciting and important victories. Beginning with the Student Labor Week of Action, students carried out all sorts of creative and effective actions to support struggles of campus workers... [read more]

LWAC runs around with the UVa Living Wage Campaign Apr 20, 2006 - Here I am, in the belly of the beast, well at least one of them. I've spent the last week and a half in Charlottesville, Virginia working with the students in the Living Wage Campaign at the University of Virginia. It's been an absolutely incredible experience so far and I feel that there is still so much more to come. The sit-in that happened in the last week has galvanized the campus in a way that people tell me is unprecedented on these "grounds"... [read more]

News from Campus Campaigns

May 3, 2006 - ND students deliver message; Activist sit-in outside Jenkins' office to push campaign for living wage on campus - "University of Notre Dame student activists engaged in a sit-in outside the university president's office Tuesday to draw attention to their campaign for a living wage for campus workers..." [read more]
- The South Bend Tribune

May 2, 2006 - UM janitors end 2-month strike - "It took a hunger strike, a student sit-in and countless protests, but striking University of Miami janitors will be back on the job Wednesday, following a settlement in the two-month labor dispute..." [read more]
- The Miami Herald

Apr 27, 2006 - Plan gives 400 LTEs permanent UW jobs - "A proposal to raise 400 of the 1,300 LTEs on campus to full-time status and guarantee a living wage of $10.23 an hour to all LTEs was made today..." [read more]
-The Capital Times (UW-Madison)

Apr 27, 2006 - University closer to paying workers full living wage - "The University Council has appointed members to an ad hoc committee to study the pay and benefits of low-wage University employees..." [read more]
-The Red and Black (UGA-Athens)

Apr 26, 2006 - Student protesters face UVa charges - "The 17 University of Virginia students arrested after participating in a sit-in at Madison Hall in mid-April now face University Judiciary Committee charges..." [read more]
-The Daily Progress

Apr 23, 2006 - Shalala Says UM Will Not Demand Union Election - "University of Miami president Donna Shalala says the school will not take a position on the unionization of striking janitors at the campus...." [read more]
-CBS4 Miami

Apr 20, 2006 - CLAP, University face wage issue - "Adding a scholarly voice to the Campus Labor Action Project's campaign for a living wage for Notre Dame workers, economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci..." [read more]
-The Notre Dame Observer

Apr 20, 2006 - Confusion denies workers their rights - "During my employment at Swarthmore College, students have played an important role in the fight against inequality in the workplace. Students across the country have been allies..." [read more]
-The Swarthmore Phoenix

Apr 18, 2006 - UVM student activists, faculty respond to last week's eviction of demonstrators... - "University of Vermont students who have spent the past year rallying in support of higher wages for lower paid university staff said their cause will not be deterred by last week's police-led eviction of student demonstrators from a camp-in on the UVM Green..." [read more]

Apr 18, 2006 - Anger rises on both sides of strike at University of Miami - "Outside the University of Miami's main entrance, six janitors and five students continued their hunger strike on Monday... " [read more]
-The New York Times

Apr 18, 2006 - Despite Arrests, U-Va. Students Devoted to Bettering Workers - "...But the protests continue, drawing dozens and sometimes hundreds of sympathizers in the largest crowds this 20,400-student university has seen since the anti-apartheid demonstrations of the 1980s..." [read more]
-The Washington Post

Apr 17, 2006 - Students plan public forum on living wage at Notre Dame - "Students activists at the University of Notre Dame want better pay for university employees, saying some full-time campus workers..." [read more]
-Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Apr 15, 2006 - Casteen meets with 17 students in sit-in - "...According to Abby Bellows, a Living Wage Campaign student organizer, no concessions were made by the administration during the meeting..." [read more]
-The Cavalier Daily

Apr 13, 2006 - Students sit in to protest U.Va. minimum wage - "Cheered on byseveral hundred protesters, 17 University of Virginia students camped out inside Madison Hall yesterday, vowing to stay until the school's lowest-paid employees receive a "living wage..." [read more]
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

Apr 11, 2006 -
Cheers for the end of poverty pay - "Cleaners will get a pay rise as Queen Mary College becomes the first living-wage campus in the UK..." [read more]
-The Guardian

Apr 8, 2006 - Protesters seek 'living wage' at Board of Visitors meeting - "Speakers questioned the university’s leadership and demanded a living wage of $10.72 for all UVa workers..." [read more]
Daily Progress

Apr 6, 2006 - Minimum wage for full-time ASU workers rising, Crow says -"Minimum wage for full-time employees at ASU will rise from $5.15 to $9 an hour beginning July 1, said ASU President Michael Crow..." [read more]
-ASU WebDevil

Apr 5, 2006 - Rally celebrates move to union janitors - "UB Students Against Sweatshops rallied outside the Student Union on Tuesday afternoon, proclaiming another activist victory, this time in their quest for "justice for janitors."..." [read more]
-The UBuffalo Spectrum

Apr 5, 2006 - SEC holds Living Wages protest - "They held signs that said, “Honest wages for honest workers,” and, “Will work 4 living wages,” and passed out fliers, stickers and buttons to onlooking students..." [read more]
-The Louisiana State University Daily Reveille

Apr 5, 2006 - Living Wage plan passes - "Students overwhelmingly approved a Living Wage Referendum in Tuesday’s Associated Students of Madison elections..." [read more]
-The Daily Cardinal

Apr 5, 2006 - Living Wage protest outside president’s office - "Four police officers from the Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety escorted about 20 WMU students... yesterday for staging a protest in support for the Living Wage Campaign..." [read more]
-The Western Herald

Apr 4, 2006 -
Protest for wages - "This past Thursday in John Dewey Lounge close to 60 students, faculty and University employees gathered to give a press conference that kicked off a Week of Action in hopes of obtaining livable wages for all employees on campus..." [read more]
-The Vermont Cynic

Mar 30, 2006 - Students push for higher wages for campus food workers - "A group of ASU students wants to have a hand in negotiating the University's new food-service contract..." [read more]
-ASU Web Devil

Mar 29, 2006 - Miami students hold sit-in to support striking janitors - "About 20 University of Miami students ended a more than 12-hour sit-in on the Coral Gables campus early Wednesday after university officials agreed to several demands regarding campus janitors striking over alleged unfair labor practices..." [read more]
- The Boston Globe

Mar 28, 2006 - UM students stage sit-in at administration building in support of janitors... - "To show support of the University of Miami janitors strike, about 19 students began a sit-in in the administration building about noon today..." [read more]
-The Miami Herald

Mar 26, 2006 - Pay-hike plan no help to many who work at UGA - "Even though state leaders have the lowest-paid in mind this legislative session, their budget recommendations won't help Payne and hundreds like him at UGA who don't hold state-funded jobs..." [read more]
-Athens Banner-Herald

Mar 16, 2006 - Tri-Co employees, students rally for union - "A group of Tri-Co Union supporters, including some Swarthmore students and Hamza Wali, an Environmental Services employee involved in the union negotiations, met with President Al Bloom on Tuesday..." [read more]
-The Phoenix Online

March 16, 2006 - Striking Janitors: University Announcement a Victory, But No Guarantee of Improvements - "President Donna Shalala released a set of recommendations that would set a minimum wage and increase access to some level of health care... UNICCO janitor Clara Vargas: 'it is not enough... we need the security of a union contract.'" [read more]
- Yahoo! Finance

Mar 12, 2006 - Why won't Virginia universities pay employees a living wage? - "Based on research from the Virginia Organizing Project, a statewide citizens group that has been working on wage issues for the past eight years, thousands of university workers in Virginia make between $7 and $9 an hour..." [read more]
-The Free Lance-Star

Mar 10, 2006 - WMU students push for living wage for university's contract employees - "Calling it the university's moral obligation, a student group has asked Western Michigan University's leaders to institute what it called a living wage for contracted workers..." [read more]
-Kalamazoo Gazette

Mar 9, 2006 - CLAP presents wage report to administrators - "Four members of the Campus Labor Action Project (CLAP) descended upon the Main Building Wednesday at 1 p.m. to present Notre Dame officials with a report on the living wage, which includes the demand that University President Father John Jenkins publicly recognize the issue..." [read more]
-The Observer

Mar 9, 2006 - Workers, Students Rally in Denton's Driveway - "Just yards away from Chancellor Denice Denton's bedroom and $30,000 dog run, 80 UC Santa Cruz employees and students rallied for dignity, justice, and a living wage, Tuesday night..." [read more]
-City on a Hill Press

Mar 9, 2006 - UBSAS talks trash in the Student Union - "In a scene reminiscent of mailmen carrying in bag after bag of mail in "Miracle on 34th Street," protestors from UB Students Against Sweatshops..." [read more]
-The Spectrum


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