University of Virginia President Sullivan & Board of Visitors: Pay All Direct & Contracted Workers a Living Wage of $13.00/hr + benefits
  • Petitioned President Sullivan

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University of Virginia
President Sullivan
Vice President Chief Student Affairs Officer
Patricia Lampkin
Chief Human Resources Officer
Susan Carkeek
Executive Vice President Provost
John D. Simon
Rector of the BOV
Helen E. Dragas
Vice Rector of the BOV
Mark J. Kington
BOV, Morgan Stanley, NY
A. Macdonald Caputo
BOV, Charlottesville, VA
Hunter E. Craig
BOV, Newport News, VA
Hon. Alan A. Diamonstein
BOV, Alexandria, VA
Allison Cryor DiNardo
BOV, Roanoke, VA
W. Heywood Fralin
BOV, Abingdon, VA
Marvin W. Gilliam Jr.
BOV, Charlottesville, VA
Robert D. Hardie
BOV, Washington, D.C.
Glynn D. Key
BOV, Radford, VA
Randal J. Kirk
BOV, Richmond, VA
Stephen P. Long, M.D.
BOV, Richmond, VA
George Keith Martin
BOV, Jr., Norfolk, VA
Vincent J. Mastracco
BOV, Houston, TX
John L. Nau III
BOV, Virginia Beach, VA
Timothy B. Robertson
Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer
Michael Strine

University of Virginia President Sullivan & Board of Visitors: Pay All Direct & Contracted Workers a Living Wage of $13.00/hr + benefits

    1. Petition by

      The Living Wage Campaign at The University of Virginia

Poverty in Charlottesville is a staggering 27% - 3 times as high as the rest of Virginia. The University is the largest employer in the City of Charlottesville. Many full-time employees work second and third jobs, and have earned "entry-level" wages for decades. Furthermore, the "plantation," as many Charlottesville residents still call the University, employs a disproportionate number of Women and People of Color at the low end of the wage scale.

A Living Wage for Charlottesville is calculated by the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute to be $13/hr + benefits for a family of four to survive - and this wage must be indexed to cost-of-living and inflation. The University claims its pay is competitive and its benefits are great - but you can't eat a course or pay rent with a parking benefit! And certainly UVA has the resources - our endowment is nearly $5 billion and our operating budget is $2.4 billion. Paying a living wage for direct and contacted workers would be a fraction of one percent of all the cash UVA is sitting on. President Sullivan wrote a textbook, The Social Organization of Work, in which she says on page 63 "Being paid a living wage is necessary for one's self-actualization." We must prioritize our workers. We must pay what they deserve as human beings - enough to live on.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: "There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will."

How can President Sullivan ignore her own research? She claims to be "committed" to increasing the pay of the lowest paid workers. She claims UVA is a "Caring Community." Aramark Dining Services claims "Workers Are Wahoos Too." And yet "wage progress" has stagnated. We are a Community of Honor. We must Keep Our Promises.

Help us tell President Sullivan and the Board of Visitors to stop making excuses and pay employees, direct and contract, a Living Wage of $13 + benefits.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Louis Seyler NEWPORT NEWS, VA
      • 9 months ago

      Because the leading University in Virginia should lead the state's other employers to recognize a living wage is as necessary as an education.

    • Jane Plummer CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      I always thought UVa employees weren't paid enough, but this article really moved me -

    • Tim Wallace RICHMOND, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      I'm moving to Charlottesville soon, and I want my daughter to grow up in a town where no one who works full-time goes hungry.

    • Lauren Squires WILMINGTON, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      All workers deserve respect and a decent wage. The University's reluctance to support its essential workers is shameful.

    • Erin Drake BOONE, IA
      • over 1 year ago

      I strongly advocate a national living wage.


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