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Friday, February 16, 2007

Danny Glover Supports Vanderbilt Workers’ Living Wage Campaign

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Danny Glover is not only a skillful actor and ambitious director, he also continues to work passionately for social justice causes. He has the perfect mix of arts and activism in his blood.

The prolific actor will come to Nashville next week to support workers at Vanderbilt University who are fighting to earn a Living Wage at the wealthy, prestigious school. The President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Terry O'Sullivan, will join Glover in a Town Hall meeting with Vanderbilt University workers, students, and community leaders.

The Town Hall discussion will take place on Tuesday, February 20, at the Scarritt Bennett Center, Wightman Chapel, 1008 19th Ave. South at 4 p.m. Contact Megan Macaraeg at 615-495-6902 (cell), or meganmacaraeg@aol.com for more information.

Some background:
Vanderbilt workers, many of them members of Laborers’ Local Union 386, have been struggling since last year to achieve a living wage, which in Nashville is $10.18 per hour. Currently, Vanderbilt’s lowest paid workers earn about $7.55 an hour, well below the poverty level. Yet Vanderbilt, whose chancellor is paid $1.2 million a year, continues to refuse to grant a living wage for employees.

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