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Group considers new wage hikes

Liz Harter | Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Saint Mary’s senior Chelsea Gulling visited the Board of Governance (BOG) to discuss the living wage campaign and how it pertains to Saint Mary’s hourly wage workers Monday night.

The issue of increasing the hourly wage at Saint Mary’s will be discussed at the February Board of Trustees meeting. Gulling wanted to present her research to BOG so it could endorse the increase.

“In 2006, Saint Joseph’s County did a survey of wages and figured out where people fall in the continuum,” Gulling said. “Hourly wage workers are in the lowest twenty percent.”

If the Board of Trustees were to vote to implement a plan to raise wages over a three-year period, it would put Saint Mary’s workers in the 40th percentile and employees who have worked at Saint Mary’s for 25 years would be in a higher percentile.

Gulling did not know details of Saint Mary’s wage plans or the specifics of the Board of Trustees vote.

“Basically, just to summarize, we’re looking for student support,” student body president Susan McIlduff said.

The group voted to table the issue until further information is gathered on the subject.

BOG also voted to award a $500 co-sponsorship to the Saint Mary’s theater department to help finance its upcoming trip to New York City.

In Other BOG News:

u Little Siblings weekend is Feb. 24-25. Registration has ended and over 350 siblings are attending – 50 more than last year.

u The Diverse Student Leadership Conference will take place March 1-3. Registration forms are on the Student Diversity Board Website.

u Student Academic Council is requesting nominations for the Women Honoring Women banquet. Students are asked to nominate female faculty and staff members by typing one paragraph describing why they are good leaders. Nominations can be sent to SAC@saintmarys.edu