May 3, 2001

Students, workers stage protest

By The Boston Herald

Nearly 500 Harvard students and university food service workers turned out for an hour-long rally last night on Massachusetts Avenue in support of a " living wage" for blue-collar campus employees.

"I think in the year 2001, the richest university in the world can afford to pay more to some of the poorest workers in the world," said Debbie Anderson, head of international affairs for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Local 26.

The rally marked the 15th day of the student campaign calling for Harvard officials to match the $ 10.25 minimum wage that the Cambridge City Council adopted last year for city employees.

"I endorse it," said Don Preston, a Beverly business owner who takes a class at Harvard. "Basically you can't afford to live. If you want employees to work for you, you have to pay a decent living wage."