Workers Interfaith Network needs your help in calling on President Shirley Raines to establish a living wage of at least $11.62 an hour for all University of Memphis employees. This figure is the living wage for a family with two children where both parents work full-time, according to the new 2010 edition of economist Dr. David Ciscel's What is a Living Wage for Memphis?
Many University of Memphis workers only earn minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour. This wage is significantly lower than a living wage and keeps many workers from being able to take care of their families' needs.
As one University of Memphis custodian says, "With the money we make, it's impossible to make a living. I really do not want to work a second job, but as a single parent I have to. You have to juggle bills. It is really hard. It has to change."
If you are a University of Memphis Alumni, please edit your letter to add this information and have a greater impact.