SEATTLE (AP) - About 100 student activists demanding higher wages and a tuition freeze disrupted a University of Washington regents’ dinner meeting, shouting down efforts by the regents and campus police to restore order.
The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/JoIhXz) that after about 20 minutes Wednesday, the regents left their original room in the University Club and headed for a downstairs dining room.
The protest was led by Reclaim UW, a coalition of student groups that includes academic student employees represented by a United Auto Workers union local.
Before the regents left their original room, the Reclaim UW group read a list of demands that included freezing tuition, restoring custodian positions cut during the recession and following Seattle’s new minimum-wage law. The UW has said that because it is a state entity, it is unclear if it needs to comply with the city’s minimum-wage law. The university has said it is studying whether it would be possible to increase wages to all student employees.
Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com
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