The University of Maryland’s chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops Friday held a rally on McKeldin Mall to advocate for a $22.65 per hour minimum wage for this university’s employees.
Pay for 2022 hourly wage jobs for undergraduate students at the University of Maryland ranges from $12.50 per hour to $25 an hour, according to records acquired by The Diamondback.
The labor picnic brought together members of United Students Against Sweatshops, Fearless Student Employees, the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1072.
The administration announced it would increase hourly wages to $15 in January 2023. Union-represented employees have been making $15 an hour since spring 2022.
Giving workers better benefits should also be prioritized because supporting employees is just an extension of stopping the spread of COVID.
Employees will also receive cost of living adjustments and merit-based raises.
As consumers, workers and voters, we need to recognize the validity and struggles of misclassified independent contractors.
To alleviate egregious pay gaps among workers, institutions must listen to their workers and pay them livable wages.
The potential increase does not apply to contractors or student employees.