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Swarthmore students and staff campaign for a living wage, 2000-2004

United States
Time period
February, 2001 to December, 2004
Economic Justice
Total points
9 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Kate Aronoff, 29/10/2011

Swarthmore College, a small liberal arts college just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had long been respected as an institution with a strong commitment to social justice. While the College had pioneered such practices as co-education and comprehensive financial aid, by 2000 many College staff—including those in the environmental and dining services departments—were paid just above poverty levels for Delaware County, where the College and the majority of its workers reside. In the fall of 2000, a group of students began to talk with staff about the College’s employment practices.