At the University of Connecticut, a 55-hour sit-in in the president's office
resulted in a $2 an hour raise for contract employees. Here is material
from their website:
"What we won:
Prevailing wage for all subcontracted UConn employees as of
July 1, 2001! This means that janitors working for the subcontractor Capitol
Cleaning Contractors, Inc. will start at $8.47 per hour plus benefits, instead
of the old starting wage of $6.50 per hour without benefits.
A mechanism to deal with further privatization: The
University has agreed to publicly announce any plans to further privatize
University services and employment at least six months prior to the proposed
implementation of the privatization. This provides an opportunity for community
response to any plans for privatization, and if necessary, it allows time
to hold forums and build a campaign against such privatization. This is one
step closer to our goals of transparency and democracy.
"... What next? Well, for one thing, prevailing wage is not the same as
living wage. We should not stop with what we've got. And although
the six-month notice is a step toward greater community participation in
running the University, it is a small one, and we should not stop the movement
for democratization here."