Candidate Edwards Pushes For "Living Wage" At Vanderbilt

John Edwards NC Senator

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is calling for a proposed wage increase for workers at Vanderbilt University inadequate.

The Democrat says a "great university like Vanderbilt" can do better.

The former North Carolina senator says the "living wage" issue is part of his platform.

He took a moment from campaigning yesterday in Nashville to support the Laborers International Union of North America Local 386. The union represents about 600 of Vanderbilt's 20-thousand employees in the custodial, grounds, food service and skilled crafts categories.

The union has been trying for about a year to get Vanderbilt to pay a living wage of at least ten dollars-18 cents an hour. The university's lowest paid workers now earn around seven-55 an hour.