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LWAC's tour has begun!
September 21, 2005
late August a few of us travelled to California to a
conference of students at University of California
campuses and folks from AFSCME union working for change
across the entire UC system. A living wage victory in
the UC system would be a massive victory, as campus
living wage campaigns have been rarer among public universities.
Last week we had our first two campus visits, one to
the University of Mary Washington in
Fredericksburg, VA, and another to Washington
College in Chestertown, MD. Among the highlights:
» At Mary Washington, where a sit-in by students
last semester won acommittee with administrators to
talk about living wages, we got to hear the story of
an amazing woman working two jobs in addition to her
job at UMW but still could not afford decent housing
At Washington College we learned that WC is the largest
employer in its country, and the press and community
are finally starting to take notice of poverty wages
being paid to many employees there.
Early this morning a bunch of us will head towards
St. Louis for the annual conference of Jobs
with Justice and the Student Labor Action Project.
LWAC will be helping to facilitate a few of the workshops
at the conference, and we'll be strategizing with "SLACtivists"
from around the country about campus living wage campaigns
this year. From St. Louis the tour continues into the
soon: Calendar of stops for the LWAC tour, and updated
information about workshops and LWAC's 2-day training
for campus living wage groups.
(Photos from top: On the beach during the UC conference
in August; LWAC facilitators with students from WC;
LWAC speaking at UC conference)