UT workers rally for equal raises

11:23 PM, Apr 27, 2012   |    comments
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Staff, faculty and students at the University of Tennessee are rallying for equal pay and equal work.

United Campus Workers organized a demonstration on campus Friday afternoon. It's a union of public higher education workers in Tennessee.

Governor Haslam's proposed budget includes a 2.5 percent raise for all higher education workers.

Protesters want the UT administration to distribute the extra money at an equal rate to all workers.

"That would allow every employee to get the same $2,000 raise, regardless of how much they make a year," said Tom Anderson, president of United Campus Workers.

Anderson said that many full-time UT faculty members currently qualify for public assistance like welfare.

This money would help many of them pay bills and buy groceries, which they otherwise would struggle to do.

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