living wage

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE JUNIOR Celia Gottlieb leads several hundred students past Old Chapel in a Dec. 5 protest calling for higher wages for the college’s lowest-paid workers. This week the college said it raised hiring minimum pay by as much as 27%. File photo by Benjy Renton
MIDDLEBURY — Nearly 80 Middlebury College employees got an automatic wage increase on Dec. 30, after the college determined that compensation for their positions had “fallen behind the market.” Most of the affected employees work in Facilities Services and Dining Services. “President (Laurie) Patton remains very committed to paying our staff a competitive wage for the incredible work they do day in and day out, serving our students,” said Executive VP for Finance and Administration David Provost in an email to the Independent. “We are very glad that were able to address this now since it was...

MORE THAN 200 Middlebury College students gathered in Mead Chapel Thursday afternoon to express solidarity with facilities, dining services and other campus staff, who they say are not being paid a living wage. College administrators say they are studying the issue. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College junior Connor Wertz did not mince words in Mead Chapel on Thursday afternoon. “This morning, the Trump administration cut access to food stamps for 700,000 people, and the first metric that The New York Times gave was how much money that would save the government,” he told a crowd of more than 200 students, plus a handful of faculty and staff. “The same values that are behind Trump cutting hundreds of thousands of food stamps are the same values that let Middlebury (College) employees be on food stamps in the first place.” Wertz delivered his remarks as part of...

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