Harvard Living Wage Campaign

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The Harvard Living Wage Campaign



Around September 1998, students in Harvard's Progressive Student Labor Movement planned a living wage campaign. In February 1999, the Harvard Living Wage Campaign held its first rally, attracting a crowd of approximately 200 and featuring students, faculty, representatives from local unions, and Howard Zinn. In Summer of that year, approximately 200 community members attend a rally that featured a speech by Julian Bond, Chairman of the Board of the NAACP. In October the Campaign began working with SEIU Local 254, the union which represents Harvard's janitors.

At an April 2000 rally in Harvard Yard, City Councillors Marjorie Decker and Jim Braude announced that they would refuse to approve building permits for Harvard until the university implemented a living wage.

On May 6, 2000, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Howard Zinn spoke at Harvard Workers First: Rally for a Living Wage. The rally was organized by the Harvard Living Wage Campaign.

In June 2002, HERE Local 26, the union representing dining hall workers signed a contract with the university ensuring that wages for many workers in the union was set at $10.85 per hour. However Campaign members were disappointed that this was still less than the Cambridge Living Wage level, currently at $11.11.[1]


The following have been leaders of the Campaign:[2]


As at Jan. 15, 2002, the following had endorsed the Harvard Living Wage Campaign:[3]

Student Group Endorsements

Individual Endorsements

Ministry Endorsements

Community Group Endorsements

Union Endorsements

Faculty Endorsements

Harvard University Art Museums

Faculty Endorsements from Other Universities

  • David Badagnani, Adjunct Professor of Music, Kent State University
  • Brigitte Bailey, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, UNH
  • Mary Battenfeld, Associate Professor of Humanities, Wheelock College
  • Renee Bergland, Assistant Professor of English, Simmons College
  • Rajiv Bhatia, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
  • Lawrence Blum, Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Frank Borgers, Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Debra K. Borkovitz, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Wheelock College
  • Mark Brenner, Assistant Research Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Sylvain Bromberger, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, MIT
  • Cathy Burack, Associate Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, UMass Boston
  • Vick Chibber, Professor of Sociology, NYU
  • Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics, MIT
  • Patrick Coy, Assistant Professor of Applied Conflict Management, Kent State University
  • Victor Devinatz, Professor of Labor Relations, Illinois State University
  • Sarah Deutsch, Professor of History, University of Arizona
  • Gordon Fellman, Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University
  • Michael Ferber, Professor of English, UNH
  • Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Anastasia Galanopoulos, Assistant Professor of Human Development, Wheelock College
  • Alan Gilbert, '65, '74, John Evans Professor, University of Denver
  • William Gleed, Adjunct Professor of Writing, New Hampshire University
  • Lawrence Glickman, Associate Professor of History, University of South Carolina
  • David Gullette, Professor of English, Simmons College
  • Hugh Gusterson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science Studies
  • Kenneth Hale, Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT
  • Sally Haslanger, Associate Professor of Philosophy, MIT
  • Ellen Herman, Professor of History, University of Oregon
  • Maya Honda, Assistant Professor of Human Development, Wheelock College
  • Reeve Huston, Associate Professor of History, University of Arizona
  • Lawrence Kritzman, Proffessor of French, Dartmouth College
  • Dan La Botz, Visiting Professor of US History, University of Cincinnati
  • Paul LeBlanc, Professor of History, LaRoche College
  • Paul Lauter, Professor of Literature, Trinity College
  • Stephanie Luce, Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Joan Lukas, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Lisa MacFarlane, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, UNH
  • Carolyn Magid, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bentley College
  • Noelle McAfee, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Vann McGee, Professor of Lingustics and Philosophy, MIT
  • Eric Myrvaagnes, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Suffolk University
  • Robin S. Oggins, Associate Professor of History, Binghamton University
  • Wayne O'Neil, Professor of Linguistics, MIT
  • Peggy Pascoe, Professor of History, University of Oregon
  • Federica G. Pedriali, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Edinburgh
  • Martin Perl, 1995 Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • Joseph Persky, '66, '71, Professor of Economic, Univeristy of Illinois-Chicago
  • Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Janice Radway, Professor, Duke University
  • Dean Robinson, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • David Roediger, Professor of History, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Vicki L. Ruiz, Professor, Arizona State University
  • Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College
  • William F. Schreiber, GSAS '53, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus, MIT
  • Stuart Selby, Professor Emeritus, University of Windsor, Ontario
  • Gay W. Seidman, '78, Member of Harvard's Board of Overseers 1986-1992, Association professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Siobhan Senier, Assistant Professor of English, UNH
  • Scott Cutler Shershow, Associate Professor of English, Miami University
  • John Shibley, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, West Virginia University
  • Adam Sweeting, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Boston University
  • Cecilia Tichi, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, Vanderbilt University
  • Jo Trigilio, Assistant Professor, Bentley College
  • Frederick Turner, Lecturer in Communication, Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • Mary Helen Washington, Professor of English, University of Maryland-College Park
  • Alan Weisbard, Vice-President of the Harvard Club of Wisconsin and Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Susan Weissman, Associate Professor of Politics, St. Mary's College of California
  • Ken Wexler, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, MIT
  • Robert Wolff, GSAS '57, Professor of African-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Nancy Lee Wood, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bristol Community College
  • Rafia Zafar, Associate Professor of English, Washington University in St. Louis


The following individuals and organizations expressed their support for the Campaign:[4]

Bisexual Gay Lesbian Transgender and Supporters Alliance:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Council:

Social Anthropology Wing Faculty:

Alliance for Workers' Liberty Student Committee:

Rice Students for Global Justice at Rice University, Houston, TX:


  1. http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~pslm/livingwage/timeline.html Harvard Living Wage Campaign: Action Shots, May 7, 2001] (accessed on March 2, 2011)
  2. Harvard Living Wage Campaign: Action Shots, May 7, 2001 (accessed on March 2, 2011)
  3. Harvard Living Wage Campaign: Endorsements, Jan. 15, 2002 (accessed on March 2, 2011)
  4. Harvard Living Wage Campaign: Letters of Support, August 30, 2001 (accessed on March 2, 2011)