UVA Students End Hunger Strike For Better Employee Compensation

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A group of University of Virginia students has ended a hunger strike over employee compensation.

Media outlets report that the students ended the protest Thursday. Organizers say other actions are planned after spring break ends.

Five students fasted throughout the 13-day hunger strike, and a total 26 participated.

The hunger strike was aimed at drawing attention to the students’ efforts to get U.Va. officials to improve employee compensation, including raising the minimum wage to $13 an hour.

One participant was a University of Virginia football player. Free Safety Joseph Williams from Sterling, posted this to filmmaker Michael Moore’s blog, “Although I am exhausted, hungry, dry-mouthed, and emotionally taxed, I believe it is my responsibility as a member of the University community, and even more as a member of the human race, to stand up and speak for those whose voices have been silenced and whose livelihoods are marginalized by the policies of the current University administration.”

University spokeswoman Carol Wood says President Teresa A. Sullivan was concerned about the students’ well-being and is pleased that the hunger strike has ended.

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