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A year after sit-in, Washington University activists say more progress needed

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Washington University students camped out in the admissions office for 19 days in 2005.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – Activists at Washington University say there is still room for improvement in the way the school compensates its service workers.

A year ago, protestors occupied the Wash-U admissions office for nearly three weeks.

As a result, the university raised its entry level wage for custodial and other support staff to $8.25 an hour and improved some of its benefits.

However, the Reverend Michael Vosler with the Workers Rights Board says many employees are still having a tough time getting by.

"We're celebrating progress. And that needs to be a key theme. It's just that there's a ways to go in order for a signal university to play its role in the economic picture."

Most of the support staff work for subcontractors, and not the university directly.

Wash-U says in a statement that its wages are higher than average for the St. Louis area, and that it deals with contractors who respect fair labor practices

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