Members of the Virginia chapter of the Living Wage Campaign met with university officials, including President Teresa Sullivan, on Monday morning to discuss the group’s demands regarding the pay of the school’s service-sector employees. The LWC has staged a hunger strike for the past 10 days in protest of the university’s treatment of such workers.
Virginia football player Joseph Williams, who has participated in the hunger strike for the past seven days, was among a group of students who stood outside Madison Hall at 7 a.m. Monday morning while the LWC met with school officials. Negotiations will continue Tuesday, Williams said, and the hunger strike is ongoing.
“It’s definitely not over,” Williams said. “As of now, the hunger strike is still on.”
Williams, a junior, is one of 19 Virginia students currently participating in the hunger strike. Seven students were forced to end their participation in the hunger strike because of doctor’s orders.