Living Wage for All University of Memphis Workers
  • Petitioned Shirly Raines

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Shirly Raines

Living Wage for All University of Memphis Workers

    1. Petition by

      Workers Interfaith Network

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.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Terry D. Lovan MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      Miss or Mrs Raines,

      I am sure you have a CONTRACT with your employer, and I am sure you had a part in negotiations of your contract.

      You chose a number for your salary, and this is all we are trying to say, YOU would not work for this, and you should not be a part of not treating workers, that you need, with dignity and respect, by paying them a Living Wage.

    • Mike Thorne MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      As a parent of two young children, the cost associated with raising children is a huge concern. I appreciate the recent increases in the Federal minimum wage but there is a problem. The cost of living continues to increased but minimum wage has failed to keep up. In 1997 the minimum wage raised to $5.15 an hour. Here we are 14 years later expecting people and their family to survive on a failed system. Hence the Living Wage that is needed and not the minimum. To those fighting to survive, you have support. For those opposed, look at your family and ask yourself this, does a equality of life exist or would the cost of life consume your happiness at $7.25 an hour?

    • David Twombly MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      As an alumnus of the U of M (B.A. 1994, M.A. 1998), I strongly urge the University to pay its staff in a way that will allow them to continue to give their best effort and focus to the jobs that are vital to the success of the institution.


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