After seven years of advocating for a living wage that would ensure that full-time employees could make ends meet, members of United Campus Workers-CWA Local 3865 at the University of Memphis are making progress on seeing a substantial pay raise. Last week, U of M President M. David Rudd sent out an email to faculty and staff in support of a joint resolution passed by the Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate to raise the minimum wage at the university to $15 per hour.
Now, UCW members are turning the fight towards making sure the university takes immediate action on President Rudd's words.
"We know incremental raises for the lowest paid employees will not help them keep up with inflation or keep up with other institutions that are now providing a living wage. UCW has done the math and we know there are immediate solutions to this problem and welcome a conversation with decision-makers to make this happen next budget cycle," said Ed McDaniel, President of UCW-CWA Local 3865.