The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is working with the Labor Initiative in Promoting Solidarity (LIPS), a student-led group at Ithaca College that is designed to unite workers, students, faculty, and community members of Ithaca College, Ithaca, and Tompkins County. Our purpose is to educate the community as well as ourselves about labor issues and initiate positive change for economic and social justice locally, regionally, and nationally.
Our goal is to have language in the contractual standards that Ithaca College sets with its subcontractors or direct contractors that requires that a living wage be paid to employees; equal the benefits of Ithaca College direct hire employees; as well as job security; right to organize in the form of a union without coercion or interference to promote or deter organization. Compliance with such standards would provide employees with respect and dignity in the workplace.
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Our first initiative in working with LIPS is an “All Campus Living Wage.” We ask that all Ithaca College campus employees have a living wage. Currently all employees, we are told by the Ithaca College Human Resources Department, at Ithaca College except dining services employees start at a living wage of $11.11/hour + 50 cents. Dining service employees at Sodexho (a private subcontractor) have a base starting wage rate of $7.95/hour. The goal is to see dining service employees receive the same minimum compensation package as we are told that Ithaca College direct-hire employees are afforded.