DALLAS — Students at the University of Texas at Austin held a protest Saturday against the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal to pay all of its teachers union members a living wage of $15 per hour.
The students, some wearing red T-shirts with a picture of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and saying “Fight for $15,” said the union represents a majority of its members.
They also said the proposed wage increase would increase the costs of education, including tuition and books, and drive out middle-class families.
U., which is in the middle of a major labor dispute, also opposes the proposal because it would eliminate public sector workers’ union-negotiated contracts.
Students said the UTA is the largest single employer of public school teachers in the nation and that the union should be allowed to negotiate contracts.