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Living Wage at UVA Rallies Before the University’s Steering Committee Meeting

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Living Wage at UVA spoke out once again Wednesday afternoon. The group rallied for one main cause: equal work for equal pay.

They protested on campus between Newcomb Hall and Peabody Hall just a short time before the University of Virginia's steering committee began their open forum meeting on the future of public universities. Twenty protesters held signs and chanted in hopes of getting the attention of UVA officials.

The group says it wants all of the university's workers, contracted and direct, to be paid the same.

Organizers say, despite UVA's mission to serve the people of Virginia, its current labor practices are hurting the Charlottesville community.

"Currently, direct employees can be paid at a base wage of $11.30 an hour. Contract employees can be paid as little as federal minimum wage, $7.25 with no benefits. What you have are people doing the exact same jobs for substantially lower wage per hour," said Emily Filler, a protest organizer.

The protestors then attended the meeting, many of them still holding their signs.

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