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So you've learned all about living wage calculations
and the importance of non-wage benefits, and now you
want to propose your demands to university administrators
in a clear, concise document. Fortunately, you can take
a look at living wage policies from past campaigns to
get started and avoid repeating past mistakes! *REMEMBER:
Your demands need to be based on what campus
workers want. Before you're writing demands, build relationships
Johns Hopkins University
Action Committee (SLAC)/Johns Hopkins University Agreement
- This was the agreement that students won on March
16, 2000, after a sit-in in Garland Hall.
Hopkins Response to SLAC/JHUNITY Demands - Hopkins
administrators argue with SLAC's demands point-by-point.
This document could be very useful for new living wage
groups who want to know what to expect from administrators.
» more on the
campaign at Johns Hopkins
University of Notre Dame
» Living Wage Report - Students in CLAP (Campus Labor Action Project) drafted this report over the last several months and on March 8, 2006 presented it along with their demands to University President Father Jenkins.
» more on the Notre Dame campaign
University of Vermont
Letter - Letter from UVM students outlining their
demands to the university.
- submitted February 2005
» UVM's Policy Proposal - This Policy Proposal was presented to President Fogel on April 3 at the students' "Dance-in for Livable Wages".
-submitted by Sam, smaron(at)uvm.edu, April 2006
on the UVM campaign
College of William & Mary
» Victory Statement from the Living Wage Campaign at CW&M on September 19, 2001. College President Sullivan increased wages for campus workers, alloted $2 million for staff training and committed to the continuation of the Committee on Employment Opportunity.
Univerisity of California San
Demands of the UC Living Wage Coalition at UCSD
- Demands to Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, including living
wages for all campus workers, ensuring all workesr can
organize a union by a card check, and more!
- submitted by Maki, maki.matsumura(at)gmail.com, January
» more on the UCSD
Washington U - St. Louis
agreement letter to Student Woker Alliance - This
agreement was won after the sit-in and hunger strike
of spring 2005. The highlights of the agreement include
membership in the WRC [Worker
Rights Consortium] and a $1 million (implemented
over two years) increase in wages and benefits for the
lowest paid workers on campus. So far (with half the
$1 million spent), this has meant a wage floor of $8.25,
still well short of the St. Louis LW of approximately
$10, but a marked improvement.
- submitted by Joe,
josephhowardthomas(at)gmail.com, Jan 18 2006
of Conduct for On-Campus Employees - After a rally
on Friday, April 1, 2005, the Student Worker Alliance
delivered this Code of Conduct to Chancellor Mark Wrighton
and requested a response by the following Monday, April
4. When Chancellor Wrighton did not respond by Monday,
students began their occupation of the admissions office!
» more on the Wash
University of Miami
for Change and Implementation of a Living Wage Policy
- Demands of the UMiami group STAND - Students Toward
A New Democracy. The first demand is for living wages,
and the demands also include the right to organize and
- submitted October 2005
» more on the UMiami
» Living Wage Policy Proposal - After students worked on this proposal for years with administrators, in March 2005 this was the final proposal given to administrators before students' and workers' deadline (before the hunger strike began). Pages 7-9 list the ten demands of the campaign.
Employment Policy" - The "Just Employment
Policy" was won after a 9-day hunger strike in
March 2005. This policy does not include card-check
neutrality; we gave up on card-check after our administration
caved-in to every single other demand of our coalition.
Otherwise, the policy is pretty good -- it includes
a raise to $13/hr by July 2005 and then increases to
$14/hr by July 2007. Another victory is that these numbers
will be indexed to the CPI, so the wages will rise with
inflation. Whether the administration holds up it's
end of this deal is yet to be seen: as of this posting,
there are cleaning staff still making less than $10/hr
despite the July 1st deadline for $13/hr. The fight
is just beginning!
- submitted by diane,
dlf3(at)georgetown.edu, Aug 7 2005
Living Wage Report - A report produced by the Georgetown
Solidarity Committee in March 2003 calling on Georgetown
University to immediately implement a campus living
wage policy. The report discusses the economics and
ethics of work and employment at Georgetown. The 10
Demands of the Living Wage campaign (see pages 7-9 of
are based on this study.
» more on the Georgetown
Please send links to existing living wage policies,
along with comments/criticisms, to lwac(at)livingwageaction.org