Labor Task Force To Release Wage Report on Thurs.

Thirteen month effort will guide University policy

The Ad-Hoc Faculty Committee on Employment Policies plans to release their final report on Thursday, ending a 13-month wait by students and administrators eager for an official response to the living wage campaign.

The committee's formation last April marks the University's only response to the campaign, which is run by the Progressive Student Labor Movement (PSLM) and demands a $10.25 minimum hourly wage for all Harvard employees.

Thursday's report, running over 100 pages, will include specific recommendations to President Neil L. Rudenstine regarding worker wages and benefits, general facts, raw quantitative data and a five to six page executive summary, said committee chair Weatherhead Professor of Business Administration D. Quinn Mills.

The report will also include a two to three page letter of dissent by members who disagree with some of the committee's recommendations.

"The basic purpose [of the report] was to say this is what the community thinks and what we would be comfortable with and how we should proceed," Mills said.

"We came up with a fairly clear idea of the issues surrounding a living wage in particular and the issues surrounding the contingent workforce at Harvard," said Larsen Professor of Political Economy James H. Stock, a member of the committee. "It is my hope that this will address the concerns of the administration and the University more generally."

The report--eagerly anticipated by both administrators and students--promises to be the most comprehensive study of Harvard's employment practices in recent memory.

PSLM members have held rallies, protests and teach-ins for about 15 months--last Friday they occupied Byerly Hall for six hours--to pressure the University, but the administration has not changed its labor policy.

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