Student workers at Lauinger and Blommer Library are protesting changes in policy regarding payment for student library employees that resulted from the rise in the Washington, D.C. minimum wage.
The minimum wage increased to $10.50 per hour on July 1, 2015. While student employees at the library who had earned below this threshold saw their wages increase to the new minimum, those earning this wage or above found their wages frozen, as the libraries eliminated their former policy of increasing wages 25 cents per semester.
The loss of the semester wage increase has become a point of concern for student workers. “In our student worker handbook, it says you will get a 25 cent increase if you demonstrate good work, so we are a little concerned,” said Maxwell Menard (SFS ‘16), a supervisory student worker at the library.
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