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Protesters want $15 an hour wage at University of Memphis

June 14, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Around 200 people rallied at the University of Memphis for an increase in the minimum wage it pays fulltime workers.

The Daily Memphian reports the school recently raised its minimum wage from $10.60 to $11.11 an hour. But advocates at the Thursday rally are pushing for U of M to pay $15 an hour by 2020.

Margaret Cook is vice president of United Campus Workers in Memphis. She said incremental raises are not enough. Cook told the paper, “By the time they incrementally raise it to $15, the living wage estimate will have moved to $17, $18 an hour.”

U of M President David Rudd has said the university has to create a sustainable financial model to implement the wage increases.

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Information from: The Daily Memphian, http://https://www.dailymemphian.com/

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