Summary: The University of Virginia Living Wage Campaign Demands a Living Wage in 2012!
Since March 2011, the Living Wage Campaign at the University of Virginia has repeatedly provided
detailed documentation to University administrators highlighting the dire need for a living wage for all
University employees. As of today, these demands have not been met. Therefore, we re-release our
core demands, with the requirement that the University take immediate steps to rectify the unjust and
dishonorable treatment of many University employees. If the University fails to explicitly address these
concerns by Friday, February 17, 2012, the campaign will take action to publicize the unjust wages and
employment practices currently in place at our University.
1. Every UVA employee must be guaranteed a LIVING WAGE under university policy. This
wage can be no less than $13.00 and must be adjusted on an annual basis to comply with the Economic
Policy Institute's regionally-sourced-cost-of-living and inflation calculations. The implementation of a
living wage must not come at the reduction of any other benefits, including health care. This base wage
must be extended not only to direct university employees but also to contract and subcontract
employees; the campaign holds that outsourcing core functions does not relieve the University of its
obligation to treat employees fairly. UVA must therefore consolidate and make publicly available all
data from contractors regarding labor conditions, a right it already reserves in a number of contracts.
Contractors who do not meet these requirements will not be eligible.
2. All working members of the UVA community have the right to job security. In implementing
the living wage policy, no jobs or wages will be eliminated or diminished. The University must commit