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May 3, 2006 - ND students deliver message; Activist sit-in outside Jenkins' office to push campaign for living wage on campus - "University of Notre Dame student activists engaged in a sit-in outside the university president's office Tuesday to draw attention to their campaign for a living wage for campus workers..." [read more]
- The South Bend Tribune

May 2, 2006 - UM janitors end 2-month strike - "It took a hunger strike, a student sit-in and countless protests, but striking University of Miami janitors will be back on the job Wednesday, following a settlement in the two-month labor dispute..." [read more]
- The Miami Herald

Apr 27, 2006 - Plan gives 400 LTEs permanent UW jobs - "A proposal to raise 400 of the 1,300 LTEs on campus to full-time status and guarantee a living wage of $10.23 an hour to all LTEs was made today..." [read more]
-The Capital Times (UW-Madison)

Apr 27, 2006 - University closer to paying workers full living wage - "The University Council has appointed members to an ad hoc committee to study the pay and benefits of low-wage University employees..." [read more]
-The Red and Black (UGA-Athens)

Apr 26, 2006 - Student protesters face UVa charges - "The 17 University of Virginia students arrested after participating in a sit-in at Madison Hall in mid-April now face University Judiciary Committee charges..." [read more]
-The Daily Progress

Apr 23, 2006 - Shalala Says UM Will Not Demand Union Election - "University of Miami president Donna Shalala says the school will not take a position on the unionization of striking janitors at the campus...." [read more]
-CBS4 Miami

Apr 20, 2006 - CLAP, University face wage issue - "Adding a scholarly voice to the Campus Labor Action Project's campaign for a living wage for Notre Dame workers, economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci..." [read more]
-The Notre Dame Observer
more on campaign at Notre Dame

Apr 20, 2006 - Confusion denies workers their rights - "During my employment at Swarthmore College, students have played an important role in the fight against inequality in the workplace. Students across the country have been allies..." [read more]
-The Swarthmore Phoenix
more on campaign at Swarthmore

Apr 18, 2006 - UVM student activists, faculty respond to last week's eviction of demonstrators... - "University of Vermont students who have spent the past year rallying in support of higher wages for lower paid university staff said their cause will not be deterred by last week's police-led eviction of student demonstrators from a camp-in on the UVM Green..." [read more]

Apr 18, 2006 - Anger rises on both sides of strike at University of Miami - "Outside the University of Miami's main entrance, six janitors and five students continued their hunger strike on Monday... " [read more]
-The New York Times
more on campaign at Miami

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
more on campaign at UVa

Apr 17, 2006 - Students plan public forum on living wage at Notre Dame - "Students activists at the University of Notre Dame want better pay for university employees, saying some full-time campus workers do not earn enough money to adequately support their families..." [read more]
-Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
more on campaign at Notre Dame

Apr 17, 2006 - Arrests don't end wage protests - "The arrests Saturday evening of 17 University of Virginia students who had occupied a campus building for four days to protest the wages paid to university employees did nothing to deter a crowd..." [read more]
-The Washington Post

Apr 15, 2006 - Police order student protesters off UVM Green -"A tent city that had been erected on the University of Vermont Green to agitate for higher wages was ordered dismantled by university and city police..." [read more]
-The Boston Globe

Apr 14, 2006 - Sodexho workers fear loss of jobs - "Members of the Student Labor Action Committee (SLAC) have begun to get involved in the issue. Junior Victor Crentsil said that they plan on getting in touch with Furhman and hope to be involved in the employees' contract negotiation process..." [read more]
The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

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, vowing to stay until the school's lowest-paid employees receive a "living wage..." [read more]
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

Apr 11, 2006 - Cheers for the end of poverty pay - "Cleaners will get a pay rise as Queen Mary College becomes the first living-wage campus in the UK..." [read more]
-The Guardian

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
more on the campaign at UVA

Apr 6, 2005 - Minimum wage for full-time ASU workers rising, Crow says - "Minimum wage for full-time employees at ASU will rise from $5.15 to $9 an hour beginning July 1, said ASU President Michael Crow..." [read more]
-ASU WebDevil
more on the campaign at ASU

Apr 5, 2006 - Rally celebrates move to union janitors - "UB Students Against Sweatshops rallied outside the Student Union on Tuesday afternoon, proclaiming another activist victory, this time in their quest for "justice for janitors."..." [read more]
-The Spectrum
more on the campaign at Buffalo

Apr 5, 2006 - SEC holds Living Wages protest - "They held signs that said, “Honest wages for honest workers,” and, “Will work 4 living wages,” and passed out fliers, stickers and buttons to onlooking students..." [read more]
-The Daily Reveille
more on the campaign at Louisiana State

Apr 5, 2006 - Living Wage plan passes - "Students overwhelmingly approved a Living Wage Referendum in Tuesday’s Associated Students of Madison elections..." [read more]
-The Daily Cardinal
more on the campaign at Madison

Apr 5, 2006 - Living Wage protest outside president’s office - "Four police officers from the Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety escorted about 20 WMU students out of the Seibert Administration Building at about 11 a.m. yesterday for staging a protest in support for the Living Wage Campaign..." [read more]
-The Western Herald
more on the campaign at Western Michigan


Apr 4, 2006 - Protest for wages - "This past Thursday in John Dewey Lounge close to 60 students, faculty and University employees gathered to give a press conference that kicked off a Week of Action in hopes of obtaining livable wages for all employees on campus..." [read more]
-The Vermont Cynic
more on the campaign at UVM

Mar 31, 2006 - UVM rallies for better pay - "A group of University of Vermont students, staff and labor rights activists rallied on campus Thursday to demand better wages and working conditions for university workers and contractors not represented by a union..." [read more]
-Burlington Free Press
more on the campaign at UVM

Mar 30, 2006 - Students push for higher wages for campus food workers - "A group of ASU students wants to have a hand in negotiating the University's new food-service contract..." [read more]
-ASU Web Devil
more on the campaign at ASU

Mar 29, 2006 - Univ. should improve living wages - It is clear to anyone who investigates the matter the University does not pay its workers fairly. Many workers take on second and third jobs to augment their full-time wages at the University..." [read more]
-The Red and Black
more on the campaign at UGA

Mar 29, 2006 - Miami students hold sit-in to support striking janitors - "About 20 University of Miami students ended a more than 12-hour sit-in on the Coral Gables campus early Wednesday after university officials agreed to several demands regarding campus janitors striking over alleged unfair labor practices..." [read more]
- The Boston Globe
more on the campaign at UMiami

Mar 28, 2006 - UM students stage sit-in at administration building in support of janitors... - "To show support of the University of Miami janitors strike, about 19 students began a sit-in in the administration building about noon today..." [read more]
-The Miami Herald
more on the campaign at UMiami

Mar 26, 2006 - Pay-hike plan no help to many who work at UGA - "Even though state leaders have the lowest-paid in mind this legislative session, their budget recommendations won't help Payne and hundreds like him at UGA who don't hold state-funded jobs..." [read more]
-Athens Banner-Herald
more on the campaign at UGA

Mar 16, 2006 - Tri-Co employees, students rally for union - "A group of Tri-Co Union supporters, including some Swarthmore students and Hamza Wali, an Environmental Services employee involved in the union negotiations, met with President Al Bloom on Tuesday..." [read more]
-The Phoenix Online
more on the campaign at Swarthmore

March 16, 2006 - Striking Janitors: University Announcement a Victory, But No Guarantee of Improvements - "President Donna Shalala released a set of recommendations that would set a minimum wage and increase access to some level of health care... UNICCO janitor Clara Vargas: 'it is not enough... we need the security of a union contract.'" [read more]
- Yahoo! Finance
more on the campaign at U Miami

Mar 12, 2006 - Why won't Virginia universities pay employees a living wage? - "Based on research from the Virginia Organizing Project, a statewide citizens group that has been working on wage issues for the past eight years, thousands of university workers in Virginia make between $7 and $9 an hour..." [read more]
-The Free Lance-Star
more on campaigns in Virginia

Mar 10, 2006 - WMU students push for living wage for university's contract employees - "Calling it the university's moral obligation, a student group has asked Western Michigan University's leaders to institute what it called a living wage for contracted workers..." [read more]
-Kalamazoo Gazette
more on the campaign at Western Michigan

Mar 10, 2006 - Teach in last night - "Last night we held a teach-in during President Shalala's class (in an adjacent classroom). It was mostly attended by workers, and they got to have a conversation with two Miami-Dade health care policy professionals..." [read more]
- posted by Liza of STAND
more on the campaign at U Miami

Mar 9, 2006 - CLAP presents wage report to administrators - "Four members of the Campus Labor Action Project (CLAP) descended upon the Main Building Wednesday at 1 p.m. to present Notre Dame officials with a report on the living wage, which includes the demand that University President Father John Jenkins publicly recognize the issue..." [read more]
-The Observer
more on the campaign at Notre Dame

Mar 9, 2006 - Workers, Students Rally in Denton's Driveway - "Just yards away from Chancellor Denice Denton’s bedroom and $30,000 dog run, 80 UC Santa Cruz employees and students rallied for dignity, justice, and a living wage, Tuesday night..." [read more]
-City on a Hill Press
more on the campaign at UCSC

Mar 9, 2006 - UBSAS talks trash in the Student Union - "In a scene reminiscent of mailmen carrying in bag after bag of mail in "Miracle on 34th Street," protestors from UB Students Against Sweatshops..." [read more]
-The Spectrum
more on the campaign at UBuffalo

Mar 8, 2006 - UVa to raise minimum salaries for lowest paid - "By the end of March, the University of Virginia will raise the minimum salaries..." [read more]
-The Daily Progress
more on the campaign at UVA

Mar 6, 2006 - 'Living Wage' is issue of Catholic Character - "Last fall, Porter and other Notre Dame student activists launched a campus campaign to improve wages for university workers. It's called the Campus Labor Action Project..." [read more]
-The South Bend Tribune
more on the campaign at Notre Dame

Mar 5, 2006 - UM Students/ Faculty March with Striking UNICCO Workers... - "In an unexpected swell of community activism hundreds of students, faculty, workers and community leaders marched on Friday, March 3rd in support of maintenance employees who are on strike..." [read more]
- Miami Indymedia
more on the campaign at U Miami

Mar 3, 2006 - UVa wage debate rages - "Student advocates of a living wage for University of Virginia workers say a recent announcement by President John T. Casteen III..." [read more]
-The Daily Progress
more on the campaign at UVA

Mar 1, 2006 - UT union's raise request heard in legislative halls - "...members of the United Campus Workers scattered throughout legislative offices meeting with lawmakers about a bill that would give higher education employees a $1,200 across-the-board raise..." [read more] (you have to register but it's free)
-The Knoxville News Sentinel
more on the campaign at UTK

Mar 1, 2006 - Fired University of Miami Janitor leads Strike over benefits - " "It shows we are now a force that has to be reckoned with," said Coker-Dukowitz, a member of Students Toward a New Democracy, or STAND, a campus organization that has assumed a lead role in supporting the workers..." [read more]
- The Orlando Sentinel
more on the campaign at UMiami

Feb 22, 2006 - Rally held on Grounds to support living wage - "Over 100 students, faculty and community members gathered at the Rotunda yesterday to call upon the administration to pay the University's lowest-paid workers what supporters term a "living wage." The rally was organized by the Living Wage Campaign at the University of Virginia, which puts the minimum living wage as $10.72 per hour..." [read more]
- The Cavalier Daily
more on the campaign at UVA

Feb 16, 2006 - UC employees appreciated on V-day - "Students in the Lehigh Workers Appreciation Committee served a Valentine’s Day breakfast to show their appreciation for University Center employees ... Members of the club, all dressed in red, took turns covering the tables and greeting the guests of honor..." [read more]
- The Brown And White
more on the campaign at Lehigh

Feb 14, 2006 - SLAP continues Demand for Workers Rights - Students at the University of Vermont, including more than 1200 who signed the Good Jobs @ UVM petition this past semester... [read more]
-The Vermont Cynic
more on the campaign at UVM

Feb 1, 2006 - Georgetown Silences Worker Voices Using Campus Police - Today, students and workers planned to interrupt the Advisory Committee on Business Practices (ACBP) meeting to voice their dissatisfaction with the committee's inaction, present their demands: the right to organize a union and a living wage... [read more]
- posted by Ashwini Jaisingh, aj94(at)
more on the campaign at Georgetown

Dec 3, 2005 - Brief about WeCAN action: At Ursinus College - (Collegeville, PA) We Care About our Nation (WeCAN) is a budding human rights organization that has become involved in the USAS network. In our group we... [read more]
- posted by Dina Yarmus, diyarmus(at)
more on the campaign at Ursinus

Nov 16, 2005 - U of Mary Washington (Fredricksburg, VA) - The main focus of the UMW living wage campaign right now is pressuring the administration to support and fulfill the recommendations reached by our Committee on Compensation Issues. We won the ability to form this committee last Spring... [read more]
- posted by Adrienne Hagen, ahage5rg(at)

Nov 14, 2005 - Bucknell Univeristy (Lewisburg, PA) - We, the Catalyst Collective, are fighting for workers rights in Central Pennsylvania at Bucknell University. Last spring we held a protest to support the 64 Bucknell dining services employees who were in danger of losing wages and benefits with the new dining services company... [read more]
- posted by Amy Wollish, awollish(at)

Nov 2, 2005 - Washington College (Chestertown, MD) - We're working on getting the campaign off the ground. We are currently planning to organize some Worker's Breakfasts where we serve coffee and donuts outside of the dining hall during the early morning shift, just to let the workers know we appreciate them. One of our... [read more]
- posted by David Hosey, dhosey2(at)

Oct 19, 2005 - Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) - Since its formation in 2002, Living Income for Vanderbilt Employees (LIVE) has been dedicated to research, education, outreach, and action in order to attain a living wage policy for all of Vanderbilt’s full time workers. November 2004 saw the mid-contract negotiations... [read more]
- posted by Marion Coddou, marion.l.coddou(at)

Apr 22, 2005 - Students, Workers Win Big at Washington University - Jobs With Justice press release - more on Wash U

Apr 13, 2005 - 'Living Wages' and Hunger Strikes - Inside Higher Ed - more on Wash U

Mar 25, 2005 - GU Protesters Savor Win -- and a Meal - Washington Post - more on Georgetown

Mar 21, 2005 - GU Activists Go Hungry To Help Janitors - Washington Post - more on Georgetown

May 9, 2001 - Harvard, students reach labor sit-in settlement - Associated Press - more on Harvard

Apr 19, 2001 - Harvard Students Stage Sit-In ... Until Campus Staff Are Given Raises - Boston Globe - more on Harvard

Mar 20, 2000 - University and SLAC Reach Agreement - The Gazette - more on Johns Hopkins

Mar 16, 2000 - Student sit-in backs workers' demand for living wage - Workers World - more on Johns Hopkins

Mar 2, 2000 - SLAC steps up protests - Johns Hopkins News-Letter - more on Johns Hopkins


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