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Living Wage Protests at UVA Board of Visitors Meeting

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The Living Wage campaign demands $13 an hour be paid to all UVA employees. The Living Wage campaign demands $13 an hour be paid to all UVA employees.

Living Wage protesters at the University of Virginia made themselves known as the university's board of visitors arrived for its May meeting.

It's been more than a year since the UVA Living Wage campaign made national headlines with its 34-day hunger strike right outside the Rotunda.

Thursday, they were back with the same message, demanding a living wage - $13 an hour before benefits - for all UVA employees, including contracted workers.

As they have done in the past, protesters took their demonstration right to university leaders.

Dozens packed inside the ground floor of the Rotunda just as the public board meeting was beginning, to make their message heard.

"They are core decision-makers, and we know that in order for change to happen here at the university, we need to get our message to the people who actually make the budget and make the decisions," said protester Dannah Dennis.

In February, a ticketing system to allow the general public inside the BOV meetings was reintroduced. With 10 seats available, only a handful of ticketed individuals made it inside. The University did provide an overflow viewing room.

NBC29 was not inside the meeting when, a University spokesman says, protestors who did make it inside the meeting began chanting and were asked to leave.

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