WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

UVa Student Go On Hunger Strike for Living Wage Campaign

By: Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Frankie Jupiter Email

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.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 139605213