As students become increasingly passionate about "Labor Rights as Human
Rights" and this weekend's Labor Teach-in, faculty members are joining the
fight for a living wage.
Formed out of student organizational involvement in the rally for a living
wage, the UT Faculty and Staff Committee for Labor and Human Rights has
begun a similar grass-roots campaign for economic justice. This weekend's
events, being kicked off by the AFL-CIO's Secretary-Treasurer Richard
Trumka, were made partly possible through the efforts of the faculty
The committee has been involved with this campaign, putting on
presentations and holding events, such as a film series, to educate
students on its cause. Fran Ansley, professor of law, and David Linge,
professor of religious studies, are two of the faculty members on the
Their hope is that this weekend's rally will raise awareness for what the
faculty committee sees as a major problem on UT's campus and across the
"I feel like our university as an institution has a civic responsibility to
look at questions and to act, itself, as a good citizen," Ansley said.
"This is what a university is about, not just getting money."
Beyond the responsibility students have to support such a cause, the
faculty committee believes the campaign is a positive reflection on student
"This is the first time in 20 years students are focused on more than their
own interests," Linge said. "That's close to the heart of why I am a
Faculty, staff join labor campaign
Published: Fri Mar 03, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:09 p.m.