Tell TN legislators: Pass a fair pay raise for higher education workers
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Tell TN legislators: Pass a fair pay raise for higher education workers

    1. Petition by

      Workers Interfaith Network

Hundreds of hard-working employees at Tennessee's public colleges and universities don't make a living wage. In his State of the State address, Governor Bill Haslam proposed a 2.5 percent pay raise for higher education workers this year.

While this is a good start, a percentage raise won't do much for workers who earn poverty wages. For example, a typical custodian at the University of Memphis would get a $425 annual raise under the Governor's proposal, while the University's President would receive a $7,600 raise.

A much more fair solution that would bring many workers up to a living wage is a $1 an hour pay raise for all higher education workers. While top administrators don't need huge raises, ordinary workers will use this pay raise to meet their families' basic needs.

State legislators will only consider this fair pay raise proposal if they hear from people like you.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Pamela McFarland MEMPHIS, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      People who work deserve to make a living. Period

    • lyndal grieb MEMPHIS, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      All of these workers deserve a living wage.

    • Alicia Mitchell KINGSPORT, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      The temporary part-time instructor needs the raise since s/he's on a non-negotiable contract that holds no worker rights or longevity, state bonus, or state increase. These are educated people w/o job protection and raising families. These are Americans entitled to an American Dream. These are talented individuals teaching America's future! These are Americans comprising 60% of the teacher work load if not more. These are Americans contributing 10 years and longer thinking they'll be hired on full-time. (What they don't know is they are being used and abused and only 1% of them will be given a real opportunity. Teachers, don't waste your time. You'll be old and still trying to pay your student loan, your house will fall down around you bc you were not able to maintain it on your impoverished wages. Been there done that.) Read more

    • Mary Lynch GEORGETOWN, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Bring those workers' salaries up to a living wage . . . it's the moral, ethical thing to do. Besides, it makes sense for the economy, since the workers' will spend more of their wages to live than the admins., who are doing just fine - in fact, better than most of their fellow Tennesseans!

    • Amanda Kurtz LA VERGNE, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      This is a much more equitable and easier to understand pay raise. It will be easier for voters to understand where there tax dollars are going. Besides that, an extra $40 a week amounts to helping that lower income worker afford the tank of gas to get to work. It's not asking too much.


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