In an article on Western Kentucky State’s presidential move (to give up part of his own salary to fund an increase in the minimum wage), SMCM professor Dr. Jordan Price talks about the philosophy behind the St. Mary’s Wages proposal.
Read all about it here.
The Chronicle of Higher Education – the most prominent periodical in higher education – picked up the St. Mary’s Wages story. In this Commentary piece, we tie together discussions about inequality, Nick Hanauer’s letter to his fellow “zillionaires”, and Kentucky State University’s decision (suggested by their interim President) to raise the minimum wage on campus and pay for it by cutting the President’s salary.
That’s the headline of the latest press on the St. Mary’s Wages Plan. It’s been up less than 24 hours and it’s already generated quite the buzz (over 350 comments, over 10k likes and over 2000 shares on Facebook).
In addition to St. Mary’s Wages proponents (and SMCM professors) Sandy Ganzell, Robin Bates and Dave Kung, the article quotes an anonymous SMCM staff member (who is struggling to get by), Interim President Ian Newbould and a senior policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The article is linked from the headline above, or can be found here:
Our efforts are set in a wider context – people around the world pushing to rein in executive pay and make sure people at the bottom earn a living wage – in this latest Inequality.org post from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati.
The idea of capping income at the top has a long and noble history in the United States. In fact, income caps have even had support from the White House. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed for just such a cap in 1942. The St. Mary’s Wages campaign is building on these past efforts and pointing us toward a more equal — and much better — future.
Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and author, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970
42 Presidents made more than $1M … per year … back in 2011.
President of Dickinson (one of SMCM’s peers): $710k
President of Connecticut Coll (another one): $628k
To raise our President’s pay to these levels would require more than a 1% tuition increase – with more tuition raises to pay for VP increases.
Don’t like that future? St. Mary’s Wages offers a solution.
Caroline Selle’s article (originally in Yes! Magazine) “Can this Small College in Maryland Pass the Fairest Wage Policy in US Academia, has been picked up by Nation of Change.
News of our efforts is spreading! A piece by SMCM alum Caroline Selle titled “Can this Small College in Maryland Pass the Fairest Wage Policy in US Academia, has been picked up by Yes! Magazine.
Word is spreading about our campaign! We were invited to contribute an article to one of the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s regular columns.
Thanks to Dr. Claire Potter for lending us her platform for a day!