Duke Students and Workers in Solidarity, faculty members raise concerns about minimum wage increase
"Robert Korstad, Associate Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center and professor of public policy and history at Duke, said the minimum wage required for employees to earn a living wage in Durham is higher than $13 an hour. He noted that Durham’s increasing rate of gentrification is a problem that many blue-collar workers face when trying to make ends meet.
'There’s a pretty good way to go to having wages that actually help keep people really out of poverty, particularly if they are adults and have children,' he said. Korstad also took issue with Cavanaugh’s statement, explaining that finding affordable housing is difficult for many Durham residents. Many residents pay more than the recommended 30 percent of their salaries to housing—'and it’s usually not very good housing,' he said. If Duke is truly committed to allowing its workers to have adequate places to live, there needs to be more of a push for affordable housing in the Durham area, Korstad added. Duke has worked to create affordable housing in the Southside neighborhood, but with fragmented success. "