April 24, 2001

Council Urges Harvard Wage Action

By The Boston Globe

As a Harvard student sit-in over a "living wage" for university employees entered its seventh day, the Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to urge the school to provide a baseline wage of at least $10.25 an hour for workers there. After the City Council voted to offer its "strong and unwavering" support to the principle of the protest, Cambridge Mayor Anthony Galluccio went to speak to about 100 students and activists by Massachusetts Hall, the building in which 40 protesters are camped out. "Students and alumni have to take ownership for the values of this great institution," Galluccio said. "It's sad that it had to come to this." Harvard officials have been meeting daily to discuss possible endgame scenarios to the sit-in, but say they have no plans to forcibly remove the protesters from the building. They also say they do not want to set an "arbitrary" minimum wage for all employees or negotiate with protesters while they occupy the building.