After days of student protests, Duke University announced Wednesday that it will begin a process to raise the minimum wage for its workers and hire an outside expert to review employee grievance procedures.
In a letter to the campus community, Duke President Richard Brodhead said the university would take several steps “to address issues of respect, civility, wages and inclusiveness for staff.”
Duke’s minimum wage is now $12 an hour, and Brodhead did not say how much it would increase. In addition to the outside review of complaint procedures, Duke will also review guidelines for contract workers, Brodhead said.
Nine student protesters began a sit-in at Duke’s main administrative building on Friday. The building has been shut down for classes and visitors ever since,.
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One protester did leave to participate in a national poetry contest in Texas.
The other eight protesters remained in Allen Building late Wednesday and were issuing further demands regarding Duke employees.