Bowdoin College will increase its minimum wage to $17 an hour in 2022

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Students move about on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick in this March 9, 2016, file photo.
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President Clayton Rose said that in July, the current minimum of $12.65 would increase $14, then go to $15.50 the following year and to $17 in 2022.
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Bowdoin College in Brunswick has announced plans to increase its minimum starting wage for employees in phases, to $17 an hour in 2022.

In a letter to the Bowdoin community, President Clayton Rose said that in July, the current minimum of $12.65 would increase $14, then go to $15.50 the following year and to $17 in 2022.

The school said wages and corresponding benefits would also increase for existing benefits-eligible employees, with the lowest-paying jobs receiving the largest increases.

Rose said the minimum wage increase reflects Bowdoin’s commitment to remaining a leader in wages and benefits in a new reality of record low unemployment and increasing competition for employees.

But Bowdoin has also been under community pressure to increase wages. In May, the student-led Bowdoin Labor Alliance held a protest and started a petition asking the college to establish a living wage for hourly employees, in particular the housekeeping and facilities staff.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.

 



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