December 20, 2001

Pay raise for Harvard workers

In The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

BOSTON -- A Harvard University committee set up in response to student protests has proposed substantial pay hikes for low-wage campus workers that would give them more than the activists demanded.

The committee recommended that President Lawrence H. Summers dip into the school's $18 billion endowment to fund a $3 million "parity wage" increase in benefits and pay.

Custodians, security and dining hall employees should be immediately paid between $10.83 and $11.30 per hour, the committee said in its report released yesterday. Custodial employees now make $9.55, while security and parking guards make $9.58.