Hunger Strike

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A dozen University of Vermont students are on a hunger strike in support of salary increases for clerks, janitors and other service workers on campus.

The students have been camped out since Monday in front of the administration building, wearing white "hunger strike" sashes and taking turns sleeping in a tent.

Twenty-year-old Max Tracy is a sophomore anthropology major from Northbrook (Illinois). He says it's hard, but he's hungry for justice.

The students say about 250 clerks, janitors, housekeepers and other service workers at the school don't make a livable wage.

A school spokesman says service workers on campus start at ten-dollars-and-60-cents an hour, which will increase to ten-dollars-and-75-cents in July.

University President Daniel Mark Fogel says the wages are competitive.


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