December 20, 2001

Panel supports raises for Harvard workers

By JOHN BACON and TOM KENWORTHY, USA TODAY

A Harvard University committee set up in response to student protests has proposed pay raises for low-wage campus workers that would exceed what the activists demanded. The committee recommended that custodians, security and dining hall employees be immediately paid $ 10.83 to $ 11.30 per hour. Custodial employees now make $ 9.55; security and parking guards make $ 9.58. Last spring, 30 students occupied the president's office for three weeks to demand a "living wage" of at least $ 10.50 an hour for the workers. About 390 of the university's 14,500 employees are involved. Harvard President Lawrence Summers said he'll implement "appropriate measures" after a month of public comment.