Graduate Students' "Fight for $15"


October 30, 2018 12:51 PM
by Susan Dutca
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  Graduate student assistants across the nation are pushing for a $15 per hour stipend, which they believe is a minimum living wage. Graduate students have attributed the 29 percent stipend increase at Emory University to their successful campus advocacy.
Photo courtesy of The Nation

Graduate student assistants across the nation are pushing for a $15 per hour stipend, which they believe is a "minimum living wage." Graduate students have attributed the 29 percent stipend increase at Emory University to their successful campus advocacy.

The "Fight for $15" for graduate students is maintained by the idea that they are "full-time, full-year employees, even if universities view them as part-time employees or as students learning to teach and do research." Fifteen dollars times 40 hours per week, times 52 weeks per year, is $31,000 which, "has emerged as a new target minimum annual stipend." Even on the high end of the stipend range, "it's difficult to live on a $30,000 salary and cover living and academic-related expenses "such as books and fees, according to one graduate student.

While graduate students may consider themselves "full-time, full-year employees," many institutions "say they see graduate students as trainees, not workers." At many universities, graduate students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week; making them less than full-time employees. In your opinion, should graduate assistants be paid $15 an hour? Why or why not?

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Jacob Elmore  on  11/7/2018 8:22:25 AM commented:

No, because every time the government is involved things get worse. When governments raise minimum wage, then companies must raise their prices on goods and services. We see when a drastic pay raise happens, such as from ten dollars to fifteen dollars, companies fire their employees and automate. If we keep government out of business affairs, we will have more jobs, less inflation, companies that can hire the best candidates, and better pay for the workers that are the most productive.

Dominick John Amodio  on  11/6/2018 5:22:35 PM commented:

That's absurd it's like their fighting to be paid only $15 an hour. There are other people who wont accept anything less than $100 an hour. Or like me who demands pure metal, earth, and stone

Dominick John Amodio  on  11/6/2018 5:19:10 PM commented:

Thats absurd my time is worth more then cotton. why bother for $15 even why not $100 an hour or just be like me and say something else like metal

Photo courtesy of The Nation

  Graduate student assistants across the nation are pushing for a $15 per hour stipend, which they believe is a minimum living wage. Graduate students have attributed the 29 percent stipend increase at Emory University to their successful campus advocacy.

Graduate Students' "Fight for $15"

October 30, 2018 12:51 PM
by Susan Dutca
Photo courtesy of The Nation Graduate student assistants across the nation are pushing for a $15 per hour stipend, which they believe is a "minimum living wage." Graduate students have
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