Harvard NAACP
First Administration
May 5, 1999

A Resolution
Authored by: Kamal I. Latham, President

Whereas, the federal minimum wage does not fully meet the needs of working families, and

Whereas, the Living Wage Campaign at Harvard University is a coalition of students, workers, and faculty members who are working together to eliminate the problem of low-wage labor at Harvard University, and

Whereas, the Living Wage Campaign advocates that anyone who works for Harvard University, whether directly employed or subcontracted to an outside company, should be paid a living wage of at least $10 per hour, adjustable for inflation, and

Whereas, it is estimated that there are currently 2,000 full-time, casual, and subcontracted employees of Harvard University who are paid less than $10 per hour, and

Whereas, Harvard University is the richest university in the world, with an endowment of $13 billion, and the second richest non-profit institution in the world (second only to the Vatican), and

Whereas, Harvard University can afford to pay its employees a Living Wage,

Let It Therefore Be Resolved, that the Harvard NAACP endorses the Living Wage Campaign at Harvard University. Furthermore, it will provide resources to help meet the aforementioned objective of securing a living wage of at least $10 per hour, adjustable for inflation, for affiliated employees of Harvard University, when appropriate.