Catholic university raises minimum wage to $15 per hour

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A Catholic university in Pittsburgh has raised the minimum wage for its employees to $15 an hour as part of a plan to increase wages for its lowest-paid workers, the university announced.

The wage increase, effective July 1, affects about 100 non-contract employees at Duquesne University, which has a total workforce of about 2,100, including about 1,600 full-time and about 500 part-time employees.

"This will only impact those who are already at the bottom of our pay scale. Lifting the minimum of course means lifting the bottom," Charles Dougherty, university president, told NCR. "Everybody got a raise this year. But nobody got the kind of raise that the people who were making minimum wage got."

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