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UVA students protest employee pay with hunger strike

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Posted at 6:49 AM, Feb 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-23 15:08:16-05

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WTVR) – Two dozen people, including a group of University of Virginia students are camped out, hoping to draw attention to their efforts to get school officials to improve employee compensation by embarking on a hunger strike.

Members of the Living Wage Campaign plan to hold daily events to draw attention to their cause, which includes raising the minimum wage of employees of UVA to $13 an hour. So far the protest is stretching into its fourth day.

The Daily Progress reports that school officials responded with a statement expressing concern for students’ health and warning them about the consequences of violating UVA regulations in their use of university space.

In addition to raising UVA workers’ minimum hourly pay to $13 from $10.65, the group seeks automatic annual cost-of-living adjustments and creation of an oversight board that allows workers to voice grievances without fear of retaliation.