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Baylor University

Waco, TX

Group name: Baylor Living Wage Campaign Website:
Contact: Laura Newitt Email:
Phone: 816-863-5849  

Campaign background: The Baylor Living Wage Campaign began in 2004 by a group of students who had previously been working on issues of global and social injustice. Members of the group decided to focus on the injustices on their own campus. The students then surveyed the workers on Baylor's campus and found that their primary concerns were insufficient wages ($5.59 median) and lack of respect. In the fall of 2005, the students held Bear Stock, a concert to raise awareness about their campaign, which over 600 students attended. They also began meeting with the administration. A task force was formed with the president and other administrators and is now currently meeting. The group is now currently focusing on building relationships with the workers by holding appreciation breakfasts in the mornings once a week as well as increasing student involvement in the campaign.

Campaigns News & Updates:

Jan 19, 2005 - Baylor students draw attention to staff wages - Waco Tribune-Herald

Jan 18, 2005 - Prayer vigil to raise support for social justice, living wage campaigns - The Lariat

Oct 11, 2005 - University should keep staff above poverty line - The Lariat

Oct 7, 2005 - BearStock organized to spotlight staff wages - The Lariat - Baylor University student paper



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