Wooster College Students Turn Out for a Living Wage

Wooster College Students Turn Out for a Living Wage

Last Friday, a hundred and fifty students from the College of Wooster braved the early morning and silently gathered outside of a Board of Trustees meeting at 7:30am to demonstrate to the Board that the campus community overwhelmingly supports the adoption of a living wage. Students greeted the members of the Board of Trustees with signs arguing that providing a living wage to its staff is a moral imperative for the college. The Trustees were so impressed by the gathering that they invited all of the students into the meeting and gave the opportunity to the two co-Presidents of the Living Wage Campaign to speak about their cause. To their credit, the Trustees even read the packet of materials that students provided ahead of the meeting. Although their involvement was well-received, it’s clear that there is still work to be done before a living wage becomes a reality at Wooster. The students are determined to continue organizing and advocating until all campus workers at the College of Wooster earn enough to support themselves and their...
Open Letter Supporting a Just Employment Policy for Jesuit Institutions

Open Letter Supporting a Just Employment Policy for Jesuit Institutions

“Please, let us fight for this: the justice of work.” Pope Francis, March 23, 2015 Institutions of Jesuit higher education today are beginning to grapple with many of the same forces that are contributing to growing inequality in the United States and around much of the world. The contracting out of employment to private concerns that do not pay living wages and oppose workers’ basic right to organize, the increasing reliance on poorly compensated part-time or contingent employees who lack benefits, and the introduction of new technologies in ways that undermine the human dimension of work threaten the Jesuit character of our institutions and contradict their mission to “educate the whole person.” Our institutions must embrace their responsibilities as both sites of education and as anchor institutions in their communities. We must not operate institutions that provide opportunities for those whom they educate while overlooking the exploitation of those upon whose labor those very institutions depend. We must not operate institutions that set a poor example as employers in our communities. To ensure that our institutions remain faithful to their vision as they navigate the difficult economic terrain of they face, it is vitally important that our institutions commit themselves to a Just Employment Policy that recognizes and affirms these basic principles: The right of all workers to a living wage The right of all workers to a harassment-free and dignified workplace The right to organize and bargain collectively as outlined in the National Labor Relations Act and its jurisprudence The preference for full-time over part-time work Encouraged by the witness that Pope Francis has given against an economy in...