- In Maryland, Morgan State University has ended hiring contractual staff in an attempt to “address employee inequity in a profound and meaningful way” at the largest historically Black institution in the state, .
- The public HBCU in Baltimore also gives certain existing contractual workers to $15 an hour.
- The conversions are “the moral thing to do,” especially given many contractual employees served on the front lines at the height of the pandemic, the university’s president, David Wilson, said in a statement. It appears to be the first institution to make such a move during the .
Like many colleges,to augment its workforce in all significant areas of its operations. They often work and custodial services.
Morgandon’t usually get healthcare benefits or paid vacation time. They are typically not subject to cost-of-living .
Now, thebenefit about 60 full-time workers who have never had them. Officials said the boost to its would help almost 70 employees. Like those funding, some contractual workers will not be converted, a Morgan State spokesperson said. The university in total.
TheMaryland’s minimum wage for large employers from $10.10 to $15 per hour by 2025. The minimum wage goes up in steps and is currently at $11.75 per hour for large employers like Morgan State.
The spokesperson could not immediately estimate how much the initiative would cost. The university expects to absorb the estimated expense of employee conversions and wage increases into its operational budget because it is in a solid financial position.
Staff members are the backbone of an institution and are often overlooked when researchers, policymakers, and the public think about, Dominique Baker, a professor of education policy at Southern Methodist University in Texas, said
She hopes the changes Morgan State is making will become more popular, particularly as.
“Without these staff members sacrificing, there would have been no. They deserve fair compensation and security,” Baker said.
Thepandemic deeply affected contract workers, many of whom found themselves without hours on the job after campuses shuttered last spring when the coronavirus began to spread. This prompted students to call for their schools to keep paying these employees.
According to data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the health crisisthe number of hourly workers colleges employed from 2020 to this year. Part-time workers decreased by 17%, and full-time workers dropped by more than 3%.
And the pandemic renewed attention on contingent. Last year, the American Association of University Professors similar benefits to their full-time counterparts, including paid sick leave and unemployment.