Indiana State University Living Wage campaign

To: President Bradley, the President's Cabinet Members, and Board of Trustees for Indiana State University As Students and Alumni of Indiana State University and community members of the greater Terre Haute area, we are writing in support of the staff, faculty, and food service workers that are working for less than a living wage. We are saddened and infuriated by the lack of meaningful action and at the half-hearted attempts made by past administrations to provide substantial wages. * Shamefully, the hourly pay of Indiana State University employees requires many to accept state assistance and take second jobs to provide the basic tenets of life for themselves and their families. * We feel that the University has a moral obligation to uphold. Accepting responsibility, to both the employees and the greater community, serves to lower the poverty rate for the county and in turn will help to raise the number of students. * By offering a living wage, Indiana State University places itself in a position where it can become a beacon for human rights and gain prominence in the media for taking a pro-active and socially responsible stance against poverty in the Wabash Valley. * The cumulative salary increase for Indiana State University employees during the last five years is 9.5%, still lagging behind all other state funded universities and well below a living wage. Indiana State University should be leading the way, providing more to its employees from day one. Whereas, a living wage has been calculated for two adults and two children at $27.04 hourly for a full-time employee, we, the undersigned students, alumni, and community members are only asking for the minimum to be set at the amount for one adult and two children, which, we have calculated to be $19.51 hourly for a full-time employee.

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