The Northwestern Living Wage Campaign stands firmly with and for all of Northwestern’s subcontracted workers. We recognize that Northwestern could not function without the hard work of the workers who feed, serve, and clean up after students, faculty, staff and administrators. Their invaluable work strengthens our community by providing us with comfort, cleanliness, and security. Workers should be afforded the dignity that such vital work deserves, including, at the most fundamental level, compensation that is both commensurate with their importance and sufficient to provide for the basic necessities of life. If we do not respect, empower, and include subcontracted workers at Northwestern, we are not fulfilling our duty as a university and values as a community.
We must foster a culture that places our people first. Therefore, the Northwestern Living Wage Campaign values the following ideas, and strives to inculcate them in the Northwestern community:
1. That all workers on campus receive a living wage, which takes into account the local cost of housing, health care and other expenses necessary to support a family.
2. That all members of our community be shown dignity, compassion, and respect, and that all aspects of University life and policy reflect that notion.
3. That the Northwestern community strives for the betterment of its members.