From Senator FeingoldStatement of Senator Russell D. Feingold in Support of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign
I commend the members of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign for your unwavering commitment to ensuring that all university employees are paid a fair wage for an honest day's work. These hard working men and women are an integral part of the Harvard University family, and, like all Americans, they deserve a chance to work hard and earn a decent living.
No hard working American should have to worry about affording groceries, shoes for their children, or medicines. These are not people who spend their money frivolously. These are the families who scrimp and save to provide their children with the necessities of life: a decent place to live, enough to eat, clothes on their back, a decent education, and some hope for a better future. For those reasons, I will continue to fight for an increase in the minimum wage at the federal level.
As a Harvard alumnus, I congratulate you on your efforts to draw attention to this important issue, and to carry on the tradition of social and political activism at Harvard.