A groundbreaking agreement improving workers’ rights at Washington University was finalized Friday, April 22 ending the 19-day sit-in by members of Washington University’s Student Worker Alliance (SWA). The Wash. U. sit-in was the second longest sit-in in the recent history of the student movement!The agreement includes:
- Commitment of at least $1 million in the next two years towards salary and benefits for lower-paid contract employees, a significant step towards a Living Wage for those workers,
- Membership for the University in the Workers Rights Consortium, which ensures factories producing clothing and other goods bearing college and university names respect the basic rights of workers,
- The formation of a joint student-University committee with SWA representation to improve University policies so they “better meet the needs of lower-paid service workers” which includes protecting freedom of association and working towards living wages and benefits for all workers who are directly and indirectly employed by the university.