Raise the Minimum Wage for Student Employees at Hofstra University
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We, the students of Hofstra University, demand a competitive wage for our work as employees on this campus. At the current rate, student employees are only required to be paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, compared to the New York State minimum of $10 per hour. Currently, students working at the university-prescribed maximum of 28 hours a week at $7.25 hourly only make $812 dollars per month before taxes, a wage barely sufficient to cover rent for most off-campus houses.
Other local universities such as Adelphi and Stony Brook pay their students a competitive wage. According to the Adelphi Employee Handbook, “All Adelphi University employees (including students, hourly and temporary employees) will be paid no less than the federally mandated minimum wage as prescribed by the Fair Labor Standards Act, or the State required minimum wage, whichever is greater.” Students at comparable universities receive the NY state minimum wage, which should act as a point of reference for the Hofstra administration.
With the creation of a new Zarb School of Business building which is estimated to cost upwards of 30 million dollars, many students now have questions regarding whether or not Hofstra is working in its students best interest or if they are courting donors to only make the image of Hofstra better.
We ask that Hofstra administrators meet with advocates to discuss a financially beneficial wage for students. As paying contributors to the Hofstra community, and as residents of New York State, we ask that Hofstra administrators pursue a livable wage that will allow us to remain students at the university.
Brenna Lilly and Jesse Saunders
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