MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis will increase the minimum wage for all regular hourly employees, according to a state employees’ union.
According to the Tennessee State Employees Association, U of M President David Rudd emailed a letter to employees at the start of the spring semester announcing the minimum wage would increase to $13 per hour by July 1, 2020.
This will be implemented in two separate phases, Rudd said. The first increase to $12 per hour will occur on April 1, with everyone going to $13 per hour on July 1.
Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer, who has pushed for a $15 minimum wage on campus along with Mayor Lee Harris, said on Twitter that the announcement was “a first step towards $15 which we hope to see not to far from this increase.”
The United Campus Workers union said Monday they are not giving up their fight for $15 per hour.
In January 2019, Rudd said he supported raising the campus minimum wage to $15 per hour in a “financially responsible, sustainable way.” The Faculty Senate and Staff Senate passed resolutions in 2018 in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour.