For a quarter of one percent of its annual budget, the University of Virginia could bring all of its employees up to $13 per hour and allow many of them to quit second jobs, see their families, take care of their health, and stop relying on public handouts to get by.
In a sociology book she coauthored, the new President of UVA Teresa Sullivan has written: "Being paid a living wage for one's work is a necessary condition for self-actualization." But her actions suggest she opposes self-actualization.
Ask her to put her money where her mouth is.
For a week and a half, students have refused to eat. They started with 12 students, and their numbers have grown (now including a varsity football player). They say they are hunger striking until UVA's president and "Board of Visitors" agree to a living wage policy. The students, workers, faculty, and community allies have carefully laid out the economic, legal, and moral case, and found that something more is needed to change the policy.
UVA is sitting on a $5 billion endowment and refusing to budge. The students are refusing to eat.
Ask President Sullivan to do the right thing.
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David Swanson, UVA alumnus
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