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University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Group name: UVA Living Wage Campaign Website:
Contact: Victoria Young Email:

Campaign background: A campaign to support workers' rights and demand a living wage for all campus workers has been heating up at the University of Virginia. There have been student groups organizing in solidarity with workers since 1998. The first big victory ensured that all workers would be paid $8/hr in 2000. Since then, the student group has continued to work on wage issues on campus specifically around Living Wage. Though the group is student-led, they work with the Virginia Organizing Project and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) on-campus local, SUUVA, to build worker power. However since Virginia is a right-to-work state, there are many obstacles preventing the union from becoming a strong force on campus. The students have recently released a "Living Wage Report for UVA", which outlines the situation of workers on campus and includes their demands.

The Living Wage Campaign has been endorsed by the Charlottesville Mayor and other state politicians. The city of Charlottesville has passed a Living Wage Ordinance and it's about time UVA follow the city's lead.

On March 8, President Casteen put out his 'President's Statement on Competitive Compensation', which outlines the university's new compensation policy. This policy is a significant victory for the UVA Living Wage Campaign, however it does have some shortcomings that the students will demand that the President address. Congrats UVA LWC and keep up the good fight in demanding a Living Wage for all UVA workers.

Campaigns News & Updates:

Apr 20, 2006 - LWAC runs around with the UVa Living Wage Campaign - LWAC tour update

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 16, 2006 - Day After Arrests, UVa. Demonstration Continues - "One day after seventeen students involved in the living wage sit-in at UVa. were arrested, a small group of students were still standing their ground outside Madison Hall..." [read more]
-WCAV 19, local CBS affiliate

Apr 13, 2006 - Students sit in to protest U.Va. minimum wage - "Cheered on by several hundred protesters, 17 University of Virginia students camped out inside Madison Hall yesterday..." [read more]
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

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

Mar 15, 2006 - Instituting a true living wage - The Cavalier Daily

Mar 15, 2006 - Living Wage group reacts to remarks - The Cavalier Daily

Mar 15, 2006 - UVA group marks wage win - The Daily Progress

Mar 14, 2006 - Casteen announces wage raise - The Cavalier Daily

Mar 8, 2006 - UVa to raise minimum salaries for lowest paid - The Daily Progress

Mar 8, 2006 - President Casteen presents 'President's Statement on Competitive Compensation'

Mar 3, 2006 - UVa wage debate rages - The Daily Progress

Mar 2, 2006 - Student body votes in favor of a referendum to pay all campus workers a living wage.

Mar 1, 2006 - Agitating for Activism - The Cavalier Daily

Feb 22, 2006 - Rally held on Grounds to support living wage - The Cavalier Daily


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