June 23rd, 2015
Nearly 4,000 AFSCME and Teamsters members — front-line workers at the University of Minnesota — are speaking up about grossly unequal pay as they negotiate a new contract with the university.
While more than 3,000 university employees earn at least $100,000 a year, and basketball coach Richard Pitino was recently awarded a $400,000 raise, there are more than 400 university workers who make less than $15 an hour.
"The University likes to pit students against staff. They say if they
give our underpaid workers a raise then they'll have to raise tuition,"
said Cherrene Horazuk, president of AFSCME Local 3800 (Council 5).
"We see that as a false choice. The University of Minnesota has more
than 600 administrators who make at least $100,000 a year. This bloated
and growing section of middle-management could easily be trimmed so the
workers who keep the U of M running can make ends meet."