Epps to Meet `Living Wage' Protesters

In response to recent demonstrations in front of the Science Center and Mass. Hall, Dean of Students Archie C. Epps III has agreed to meet with representatives of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign.

The meeting, which will also be attended by an as-yet-unnamed University representative, will be held March 9.

"[We are] most anxious to explore the issue so that each side can start from the same factual basis," Epps said.

Organizers originally had hoped to meet with either President Neil L. Rudenstine or Provost Harvey V. Fineberg '67. During last Friday's demonstration, they left a note at Mass. Hall requesting a time to meet with them.


"The president or provost need to be present. Their absence at the meeting would be an absence from the process of implementing a living wage across the University," said Christopher J. Vaeth, a second-year student at the divinity school and one of the campaign organizers.

Epps said he could represent the University in this situation.

"Since this is a student movement, it seems appropriate that the dean of students will host the meeting," he said.

The scheduled meeting comes after nearly two weeks of correspondence between campaign organizers and University officials.

On Feb. 17, members of the campaign, which is an offshoot of the Progressive Student Labor Movement, sent a letter making their first request to meet with either Rudenstine or Fineberg. Director of Labor and Employee Relations Kim A. Roberts wrote back on Feb. 24 without officially responding to the group's demand that the University set a $10 per hour minimum wage for all its employees.

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