By Francesca Ciannavei
Earlier this month, Fordham University emailed an official statement to almost no one, announcing student workers would not be able to benefit from New York’s minimum wage increase. The university justified their decision by citing the institution as “not-for-profit,” “educational,” and “exercising their right to suck.” However, Father McShane just found some loose change under the couch cushions in his office, so everything’s OK now.
For weeks, student workers had been especially frustrated about the issue, as nobody notified them directly, and they had to find out from the Fordham University Injustice Pony Express.
“Jade told Elijah who texted Olive who posted on Instagram which Mitchell Tweeted a screenshot of and then it got passed around Snapchat,” said Nora Patterson (FCLC ’18), who works in the Office for Student Uninvolvement.
Between their busy schedule of demanding equal rights for transgender students and scrubbing swastikas off of the desks at Rose Hill, student organizers were circulating a petition and planning a strike, leading to concerns from the administration.
A spokesperson from the university responded to the student workers’ concerns, saying “We were planning to use McShane’s couch money to re-renovate the sixth floor. We know the construction was completed less than a year ago, but after ten months as a member of the Fordham community, it’s already lost its shine. Our top priorities have been re-renovating the sixth floor, re-renovating McKeon, and polishing that Ram on the plaza. But I guess we’ll just give student workers the raise. Also, the guys and I are going to go get lunch.”