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Friday, April 15, 2005

The Wash U Protest

I had a couple of the Washington University protesters on my KMOX show yesterday. They're trying to get the university to pay a living wage to groundskeepers, janitors, food service employees and others who work on the campus (even through contractors). The idea's not a bad one, but there are only 15 of them, and that seems like an awfully small number on a campus as large as WashU. Also, there isn't a single actual worker taking part in the protest or hunger strike, even though the group calls itself the Student-Worker Alliance. You'd think that someone on the employee side would be bold enough to stand up for what they want, even if it means risking their job. I'm all for fighting for the downtrodden, but shouldn't the downtrodden be part of the battle?