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Town hall documents wage frustration

Caitlin Campbell November 16, 2022

On Tuesday Nov. 15, the Student Government Association (SGA) held a town hall meeting in response to students’ frustration with the 50 cent wage increase that was announced on Oct. 17.  The town...

For many students, the 50 cent raise only increases discontentment

For many students, the 50 cent raise only increases discontentment

Caitlin Campbell October 26, 2022

On Monday Oct. 17, Augustana College sent out an email to the student body, announcing that on Oct. 31, the student minimum wage would increase from $9.25 to $9.75 an hour. Although the announcement...

Student workers receive increase in hourly pay

Student workers receive increase in hourly pay

Brett Kuras October 17, 2022

On Oct.17, Kirk Anderson, Augustana’s chief financial officer and vice president of administration sent an email to the student body informing them of a wage increase for on-campus jobs. The increase...

Submission: Create change

Zack Horve May 13, 2022

Editor’s note: The author is a representative of the campus group Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA). Here, he expresses his views on labor at Augustana. When the Young Democratic Socialists...

Special collections records absent in discussion of labor rights

Special collections records absent in discussion of labor rights

Aubrey Lathrop May 13, 2022

Every day of the week, millions and millions of people clock in and out of work. The United States relies on every type of job under the sun to keep the gears of life turning and moving forward. On a local...

Letter to the editor: YDSA

May 13, 2022

Editor’s note: This piece was submitted by the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA).  Dear Editor, We deserved to go home for spring break. After so many assignments, papers, lectures...

Time is money (and we have neither)

Time is money (and we have neither)

Carly Davis May 13, 2022

When I was a first-year at Augustana, I heard anecdotally that our minimum wage would rise by a dollar every year with the rest of the state. Sure, we would be 75 cents behind, but it was progress. In...

Students should form unions

Molly Sweeney May 13, 2022

Opinions Column. Students in colleges and universities all over the country have begun to unionize, whether that’s in the dorms at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. or the dining hall...

How optimistic can we be about raising student minimum wage?

How optimistic can we be about raising student minimum wage?

Kyle King March 5, 2022

On Feb. 18, a petition on change.org was created with the title “Raise Augustana’s Minimum Wage.” By Feb. 25, it had gained around 570 signatures. The petition specifically targets raising the...

Tuition increase is sensible, but to what extent?

Tuition increase is sensible, but to what extent?

Kyle King November 27, 2021

On Nov. 11, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration Kirk Anderson released an email to students informing them that the comprehensive fee to attend the college for 2022-2023 will increase...

The hidden negatives of a higher wage

Alex McLean October 24, 2019

After Governor J.B. Pritzker took office, he signed a bill increasing the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 by 2025. This could appear to be a positive for college students. However over time, increasing...

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