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The Ram Cafe empty of students while workers take a break at the tables in the back

The Finances Behind Fordham’s Workforce

May 13, 2020

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Fordham’s finances were stable. Now, Aramark employees and work-study students face growing concerns.

The Freshens stand in the Ram Cafe, closed.

COVID-19 Impacts Student and Aramark Employees

March 24, 2020

Fordham’s decision to complete the spring semester online due to the outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted concerns about university employees’ incomes, as precautions taken by the state, city and university to limit exposure to the virus prevent student workers from completing their work-study hours and have led to dining staff layoffs.

The university adopted its minimum wage exemption quietly.

The Minimum Wage Increase, Its Victors and Its Next Steps

November 14, 2018

If not for the bad press, outrage, and organized response from students, Fordham would get away with paying poverty wages to the student workers they already burden with student debt and tenuous working conditions.

Fordham Excludes Itself from Paying Student Workers Minimum Wage in 2019


October 24, 2018

On Sept. 25, 2018, Fordham administrators received an email stating the university will not pay student workers minimum wage next semester. Fordham will instead continue to pay student workers at most $13 per hour, excluding itself from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s legislation to raise the New York minimum wage to $15 per hour st...

How Much Do Student Workers Know?

June 3, 2011

Confidentiality Agreements Examined By Meaghan Dillon News Co-Editor Published: April 17, 2008 “A few weeks ago, a friend who works in the health center told me about a peer who contracted an STD,” said a student who declined to be identified for this article. “We sat around and talked smack about...