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Students from the living wage campaign at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg have occupied the office of Richard Hurley, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. They have locked themselves down in sitting positions and have declared they will not leave until the college establishes a $10/hr campus wide minimum wage indexed to the cost of living. "We will remain here indefinitely and as long as it takes," declared one student
demonstrator.
Students from the living wage campaign at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg have occupied the office of Richard Hurley, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. They have locked themselves down in sitting positions and have declared they will not leave until the college establishes a $10/hr campus wide minimum wage indexed to the cost of living. "We will remain here indefinitely and as long as it takes," declared one student
demonstrator.

"The college claims to be a community that cares for the well-being of its members, but they continue to pay and defend poverty wages,"
said junior Aaron Samsel, liason for the group inside. "They don’t even care to study the issue," Samsel added.

On April 5 Richard Hurley refused the campaign’s request for a study committee to explore wages and working conditions at the college. In an emailed response, Mr. Hurley wrote in part that
"there are no pla ns to form a UMW committee to investigate labor issues" at the school. He continued, “Please consider directing
your efforts towards influencing the Federal Government, which is responsible for establishing the minimum wage.? At this institution of higher learning, the Chief Financial Officer is not even
interested in exploring the issues, much less implementing solutions.

A member of the Board of Visitors (BOV) has disputed Mr. Hurley's claims that the University's hands are tied, saying in part, "there are many things the University can do" on its own to improve wages. Among those things, campaigners insist, is the ability to implement 10% annual raises and to use foundation moneys. The school has more flexibility than Mr. Hurley wants to admit.

In recent weeks, Mr. Hurley has declared himself satisfied that the college's funds are appropriately distributed, that his hands are
tied, and that there is no money. Yet a half-million dollar decorative tower is planned for the college. A massive indoor tennis court is under construction. And the school just purchased a $151,875 van for the sole purpose of shuttling the Board of Visitors (BOV) around. The BOV meets only four times per year. The contract was not competitively bid.

When so many of our college employees earn poverty wages, these expenditures a re a direct contradiction of Richard Hurley's own mission statement—posted on the web—in which he promises to "provide good stewardship of University resources."

The campaign has insisted that if the college had the will it would find the means. Approximately 1,000 students, faculty, and staff employees have agreed by signing a petition in support of the
campaign and attending several rallies and other campaign events during the last two years. It is time for the administration to act. The price of the BOV's new van alone would cover most of the
cost of a $10/hr campus minimum wage.

In a joint statement, the protestors inside declared: "We invite the administration to use the power it has to improve the living standards of our lowest paid community members: the grounds,
housekeeping, and support staff without whom this university would be dirty, ugly, out of repair, and incommunicado. We invite Richard Hurley to respect the dig nity of that work, satisfy his conscience, and promote the spirit of this community."

CONTACT RICHARD HURLEY at rhurley (at) umw.edu or 540-654-1020 (leave voicemail if after hours).

A CALL TO ACTION is also on the United Students against Sweatshops website: www.studentsagainstsweatshops.org/index.php

PARENTS AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS, please
call the UMW Admissions Office at 1-800-468-5614 to notify them about your support for the campaign, these students, and workers at
UMW.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron Samsel, Press and Police Liason for the non-violent
demonstration, at 804-370-1077 (cell) or at asams9hw (at) umw.edu