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Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Group name: Living Wage Coalition of Brazos County Website: http://geocities.com/livingwageinitiative/
Contact: Email:
Phone: livingwageinitiative@yahoo.com  

Campaign background: Students, workers and community members have come together to demand that Texas A&M University pay its workers a living wage. Texas A&M is the largest employer in Brazos County and thus the amount it pays its workers has a ripple effect across the rest of the county. About 800 workers at A&M make less than a living wage, most making as little as $7.77 per hour. After the Living Wage Coalition met with the university president in spring of 2004, he immediately created a task force and raised the lowest wage by $1, to the current $7.77. While this was a step in the right direction, there is still a lot of work to be done. However, this small victory shows that the Coalition has some power on campus!

In building relationships with workers on campus, the Coalition realized that the workers' stories were unknown and their voices had been silenced. Members of the Coalition then decided to film a documentary to create a space for and capture the stories of the A&M workers. Watch "Where there is a will, there will be a living wage".

In the Spring 2006 semester, they are planning debates, educational events and are also plugging into the national student-labor networks.

Campaigns News & Updates:

Feb 24, 2006 - Meeting Ends: A&M should pay employees wage sufficient to live - The Battalion

 

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