Univ. of Memphis pres pushes for 'living wage'...but at what cost?
- The University of Memphis president said in a recent email that he supports a living wage for campus employees.
- But could raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour have unintended consequences?
University of Memphis President David Rudd says he supports a living wage for employees on the campus.
Rudd announced in an email that the school will study how it can raise the minimum wage for all workers on campus to $15 per hour, but in a "financially responsible, sustainable way," according to WREG-TV in Memphis.
The outlet noted that the University of Memphis' faculty and staff governing boards supported increasing the campus minimum wage to $15 per hour in resolutions passed in 2018. But the change didn't come easily, according to UM custodian Doris Brooks-Conley, who is also a member of the United Campus Workers Union.
"Every time I went to President Rudd about raising pay, I was ignored. I know I'm low on the ladder, but I have a voice too," Brooks-Conley told WATN-TV. "I'm glad he is finally listening after so many years."
The Campus Workers Union partnered with the Fight for $15 national campaign back in Dec. 2016. That's when campus employees surrounded the UM administration building to drop off more than 100 cards asking for a $15 per hour minimum wage at Rudd's office.
Campus Reform previously reported on the University of Michigan being forced to cut jobs after the state increased its minimum wage to $9.25 per hour. The University of Memphis did not respond in time for publication when asked if the minimum wage increase could also result in layoffs.
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