February 18, 2012
Students, faculty and supporters gathered Saturday afternoon in front of the Rotunda on University of Virginia grounds. They are supporting a hunger strike by students.
The group is asking UVa. administrators to increase pay for some contracted workers.
Some students have vowed not to eat until the University agrees to pay a living wage rate of $13 an hour. They say some contracted employees make as little as $7.25 an hour.
"We're out here announcing to the University that after 14 years of agitating, petitioning, negotiating and meeting for a living wage, it's time to make this happen now," said demonstrator Emily Filler.
Demonstrators say low wage workers are afraid to speak out in fear they will lose their jobs.