Wash U Hunger Strike Goes On
By Maria Hickey, KWMU
St. Louis, MO. – Washington University students are in the fourth day of their hunger strike and the second week of a sit-in.
University officials, including Chancellor Mark Wrighton, met with the Student Worker Alliance this week.
Officials reiterated their plans to meet with the companies that provide contract employees to the university and to put a half-million dollars more toward those workers' salaries and benefits.
But the students, including senior Janine Brito, say while that's a step forward, it's not enough.
"That extra dollar an hour isn't going to bring them above the poverty line and that's the basic principle that we're working under, that no member of our community should be living in poverty," Brito said.
Students want the university to give service employees at least $9.79 an hour.