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Campaign background: Vanderbilt student activists formed LIVE to demand that all campus employees
make at least the living wage as defined by WOW's Self-Sufficiency
Standard for Tennessee. During the 2004-2005 school
year, LIVE organized a major rally with campus service
workers' union, LIUNA.
The result of this student-worker action was a raise
in the minimum pay at Vanderbilt to $7.55 per hour.
While this was a huge improvement from the previous
$6.50 per hour minimum, campus workers and members of
LIVE knew that $7.55 is not good enough, and they continue
to struggle for real living wages at Vanderbilt!
As LIVE's campaign for living wages grows stronger and louder, LIVE students have also done a ton of work to support the growth of campus workers' union. In Tennessee, one of the southern states with anti-union "right to work" laws, supporting workers' unions is especially vital to ensuring workers have a voice. During the 2005-2006 school year, LIVE helped LIUNA organizers bring many more campus workers into the union, especially low wage earners. LIUNA reps were often barred from campus by the university administration, so students played a critical role in making sure workers could connect with the union.
More powerful and experienced than ever, LIVE looks forward to another year of living wage activism!
Campaigns News & Updates:
Oct 20, 2005 - Living
Wage in the County Capital of the World! - LWAC
campus tour update
Oct 19, 2005 - Vanderbilt
Campaign Update! - posted by Marion of LIVE
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