By June 2020, all permanent Bryn Mawr employees will earn at least $15 an hour, announced Bryn Mawr Chief Financial Officer Kari Fazio in a message to the College’s staff and faculty.
The drive to achieve a $15 per hour minimum wage at the College began in earnest several years ago as the “Fight for $15” movement gained national prominence. The movement, and ways Bryn Mawr could reach the goal, were the subject of a 2016 Community Day of Learning session.
Two years ago, instead of allocating salary increases by percentage of current salary, the College took the unprecedented step of increasing the yearly pay of all full-time salaried employees by the same dollar amount, $1,000. The hourly pay for full-time hourly employees increased by 50 cents, or $1,040 for a full-time employee scheduled to work 40 hours. This move represented a significant increase in pay to employees on the lower end of the pay scale.
That move was followed last year by a 25 cents hourly increase for all service/craft employees in dining services, housekeeping and the post office at the College. That increase was in addition to a regular percentage increase.
This year, the College is again giving all employees a percentage increase in pay while making specific, additional adjustments to get all employees to the $15 hourly rate.
“We tried to achieve this goal in a way that recognizes everyone’s contributions and maintains a commitment to a balanced budget,” says Fazio. “We’re grateful to the staff of the College overall, whose commitment helped to achieve this milestone.”
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