Living Wage Protests at UVA Board of ...

Living Wage Protests at UVA Board of Visitors Meeting

There are 46 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 17, 2013, titled Living Wage Protests at UVA Board of Visitors Meeting. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Living Wage protesters at the University of Virginia made themselves known as the university's board of visitors arrived for its May meeting.

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WahooPatriot

Waynesboro, VA

#1 Apr 18, 2013
There is a simple solution to this. Most of these students have never experienced the responsibility of balancing a budget or reconciling expenses with income. I say that first, the University should simply calculate the total amount necessary including benefits, SS taxes, etc... to meet the living wage demand. Second they should divide that $ amount by the number of students enrolled in the University. Third, the amortized $ amount should be added as a student fee each year to cover the expense. Problem solved! The workers get the raise and the students learn more about economics and personal responsibility than they will in any of their formal classes!
Lynchburger

Hamilton, VA

#2 Apr 18, 2013
So, $13 becomes the minimum wage. Soon, those making $13 will want $18. Those making $18 want $25. Those making $25 want $30. So, the minimum wage job is still at the bottom of the barrel and all other wages and expenses have been inflated.. The only way to get ahead in the world is with education and/or job training skills like welding, plumbing, etc.
PeopleLikeYouWil lGoToHell

Chesapeake, OH

#3 Apr 18, 2013
Lynchburger wrote:
So,$13 becomes the minimum wage. Soon, those making $13 will want $18. Those making $18 want $25. Those making $25 want $30. So, the minimum wage job is still at the bottom of the barrel and all other wages and expenses have been inflated.. The only way to get ahead in the world is with education and/or job training skills like welding, plumbing, etc.
Minimum wage is $7.25. Could you live off of that? So if everyone gets an education, if they qualify for a loan, then are you saying there shouldn't be a minimum wage? You are a sick, demented person with no compassion!!
Overtaxed

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Apr 18, 2013
You don't like your sponge off the taxpayer pay?

Go get another job you parasitic slackers!
Steve

Alexandria, VA

#5 Apr 18, 2013
Here's a crazy idea: BUILD A SKILL SET THAT IS MARKETABLE AND STOP THINKING YOU ARE ENTITLED! If you don't like the wages you are making then put your own money up and start a business. Then you can tell the world what to pay someone.
Lynchburger

Hamilton, VA

#6 Apr 18, 2013
PeopleLikeYouWillGoToHell wrote:
<quoted text>Minimum wage is $7.25. Could you live off of that? So if everyone gets an education, if they qualify for a loan, then are you saying there shouldn't be a minimum wage? You are a sick, demented person with no compassion!!
No, I couldn't live off of $7.25. But these types of minimum-wage jobs were not intended to be full-time employment jobs -- they are fast food, retail workers, day care assistants etc. They are meant to be for students and part-time workers supplementing another income. That is PRECISELY my point -- get an education or job training that will enable you to make a decent living. I do have compassion and give a good bit to charity -- but always to associations that are helping people get out of this mess with education and training; not just handing out freebies.
Minnie Mouse

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Apr 18, 2013
I don't think the current wage is as low as 7.25 that they receive. Isn't it closer to 10.00?
Crazy

Ruckersville, VA

#8 Apr 18, 2013
I am all foe education and job training. The low pay reflects the skill level it takes to do the task at hand. But to twist it up a little, I don't think you deserve a high paid middle management position just because you have a degree. We push education then piggy back off the workers to create middle management that are mainly people who can't excel in their educated field of choice.

Another problem UVA has is they don't promote the hard workers, they promote friends and brown nosers. They teach that if someone is good at their job, leave them. If the rant very good move them. Management is easy, hear problems pass the buck. I should say middle management. Upper management is needed, just not at the levels we currently have.
Crazy

Ruckersville, VA

#9 Apr 18, 2013
PeopleLikeYouWillGoToHell wrote:
<quoted text>Minimum wage is $7.25. Could you live off of that? So if everyone gets an education, if they qualify for a loan, then are you saying there shouldn't be a minimum wage? You are a sick, demented person with no compassion!!
Depends on what your definition is? I could live, just not to the level I would like. Couldn't have kids ,tv, phone, ect. But then again I would have multiple jobs, or skill myself to be able to get those extras.
internets

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Apr 18, 2013
Minnie Mouse wrote:
I don't think the current wage is as low as 7.25 that they receive. Isn't it closer to 10.00?
they've previously commented on the minimum wage + benefits the lowest paid UVA employee receives and it is way higher than $10/hr when the benefits are included

those who are paid less are employees of companies like Aramark
jogger

Farmville, VA

#11 Apr 18, 2013
another protest for the sake of protesting without really understanding what the cause and message really is.....
terriknows

Rocky Mount, VA

#12 Apr 18, 2013
All hail Queen Dragas!
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Apr 19, 2013
WahooPatriot wrote:
There is a simple solution to this. Most of these students have never experienced the responsibility of balancing a budget or reconciling expenses with income. I say that first, the University should simply calculate the total amount necessary including benefits, SS taxes, etc... to meet the living wage demand. Second they should divide that $ amount by the number of students enrolled in the University. Third, the amortized $ amount should be added as a student fee each year to cover the expense. Problem solved! The workers get the raise and the students learn more about economics and personal responsibility than they will in any of their formal classes!
They're way ahead of you.
http://www.nbc29.com/story/22019551/uva-board...
Correction

Atlanta, GA

#14 Apr 19, 2013
Just a quick note. The hunger strike lasted for 13 days, not 34. Just check the UVA Living Wage website: http://www.livingwageatuva.org/2012/03/01/the...
Get Real

Washington, DC

#15 Apr 19, 2013
PeopleLikeYouWillGoToHell wrote:
<quoted text>Minimum wage is $7.25. Could you live off of that? So if everyone gets an education, if they qualify for a loan, then are you saying there shouldn't be a minimum wage? You are a sick, demented person with no compassion!!
I had jobs when I was younger that paid $4.25/hour...didn't live rich, but made it work. Got a degree and now make north of $56/hour.

BTW-$7.25/hour PLUS SNAP(food stamps) PLUS housing assistance PLUS medicaid, etc, etc...yep - these folks are a damn sight better off than when I started. Go peddle your entitlement crap in Europe - LOSER!!
Amanda

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Apr 19, 2013
Has anyone ever asked how many LW protestors are students from the Darden school? How many are faculty from the Darden school?

I believe the answer is slim to none.
twinmom

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Apr 19, 2013
As I recall, the group is made up of mostly graduate students who think that their work as teaching assistants and lab technicians should be higher paid, but they have also advocated for a "living wage" for other workers (housekeeping, cafeteria, etc) who are actually employed by outside companies under contract with UVA. And as I recall, they are paid upwards of $11.00/hr before any benefits, not $7.25. The issue of UVA dictating minimum wages to outside contractors was previously investigated, and UVA simply cannot legally insist that the contractors pay their employees a certain wage. Sullivan had notified them of that in a letter, but still they persist, because they would look nonsensical demanding greater wages for themselves for their mostly part-time temporary work while full-time permanent workers trying to support a family are paid less.

Many people in this country work two or more jobs, even while in school, trying to get ahead. If these students have all this time on their hands to protest, they aren't studying and working hard enough, IMHO.
MoveOn

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Apr 19, 2013
They want to protest about the lower end not being paid enough...they are getting raises still. They forget to mention that little part. The academic part of UVA that work in a higher job setting that is above $10-$13 per hour...has a freeze on raises. These students need to get back to class and focus on their studies and stop protesting. They are wasting everyone’s time. When they graduate and leave Charlottesville, no one will hear from them again. They will be making the big bucks and will not be worrying about the people that make no money.

If people are not making enough money, UVA offers an education benefit so they can better their selves and get degrees. Also..are there any employees that are in this low pay range bracket out there protesting? Nope..they are at work..making money because they need their jobs and money. These students/professors that are "so concerned", why don't they get back to class and concentrate on their selves instead of others. There are bigger things going on in the world today instead of living wage issues.
why not sit down and talk

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Apr 19, 2013
So when they were offered a seat at the table and welcomed as part of the discussion, they simply kept shouting? They had an opportunity to speak directly to the decision makers in this regard and chose to behave in a way that precluded discussion? Is the priority for these people to be seen as protesters or is the priority to effectively advocate for those working for a wage at UVa? Because if I were one of the workers, and I found out that these protesters could have sat down and discussed this issue rationally but instead chose to keep shouting boilerplate slogans, I would be upset. These people should try thinking a couple of steps ahead. "What do we do if we're invited into the meeting?" "I know, just act like we're still being excluded from the discussion, even though we aren't!!" The workers for UVa are poorly served by these "advocates" who obviously care more about their own expression of rage than the wages being earned by those that care for them on grounds.
George S

Maylene, AL

#20 Apr 19, 2013
Don't try to live a movie star life when you have a Ralph Kramden job.

Other people are jobless and hungry, and these people demand more monet for themselves.

'Education' seems to have become synonymous with extortion.

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