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Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies

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

We strongly support the St. Mary’s Way Wage proposal’s call for pay cuts and caps for the President and VPs, as well as other members of the College considered to be highest earners.

Further, we strongly support accountability and transparency as we move forward and begin to recover from the harm that former administrative personnel have done to this College.

As to wages, we, as the Collective Bargaining agent, support fair and living wages for all staff and should more money be found for wages at St. Mary’s we would look forward to working democratically to determine how those resources would be distributed.

Brad Newkirk
President, AFSCME Local 3980

This proposal reflects the moral commitment to fairness of most of our community members. Its implementation would attract and retain qualified individuals that are deeply devoted to that commitment. It is a fiscally responsible plan with long-term solutions to several of the challenges we face as a PUBLIC institution. Individuals opposed to it, including some with the fiscal training and authority to offer advise, should engage in the process by, at least, offering parallel solutions to the long-term concerns the plan highlights. In doing so, it assures that we are ALL working to meet our current fiscal and moral challenges.

Dr. Jose Ballesteros
Associate Professor of Spanish

St. Mary’s Wages the St. Mary’s Way invites us to make a difference, to put our stated values into action, to model for our students what responsible engagement might look like in our immediate community. There is no better time than now for faculty and administration to examine the privilege of being a part of this community and to consider carefully the responsibility that such privilege requires of us.

Dr. Michael S. Glaser, Professor of English, Emeritus
Poet Laureate of Maryland 2004-2009

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We are a public college that values “social responsibility and civic-mindedness” along with the goal of “promoting and maintaining a community built on respect.”  I can think of no better way to demonstrate that we live what is in our catalog than by advocating for a living wage for all, paid for by limits on the highest earnings.

Dr. Laraine M. Glidden
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emerita

St. Mary’s College of Maryland has an incredibly strong community atmosphere. As a community, we help each other, support each other, and care for each other. The St. Mary’s Wages Proposal is a strong step in our recognition of this core belief, and I fully support its purpose and ultimate goals.

Katherine A. Morgan ’13
President- Class of 2013

St. Mary’s Wages is a bold, comprehensive reform that, if adopted, will be hailed as a model in higher education in the U.S. By closing the pay gap and placing a ceiling on executive pay, the initiative hedges against tuition increases and offers the promise of a more equitable, respectful community in keeping with the St. Mary’s Way.

Andrew Reighart ’13, Student Government Association President, 2012-2013

 The St. Mary’s Wages, the St. Mary’s Way proposal comes at a time when the discussion of college cost and access has reached national prominence, and bold action on this issue has the potential of putting St. Mary’s ahead of the curve among its peers, and setting a new standard for balancing top-quality education with smart thinking on managing costs.

Darien Bates, ’03
President, Discovering Oz Communications
Marketing Firm, New York, NY