Duquesne University Implements $15-per-Hour Minimum Wage
Duquesne University, the largest Catholic university in Pittsburgh, implemented an increase in its minimum wage for full-time employees to $15 per hour effective today, Tuesday, July 1, making it one of the highest minimum wages in the region.
"It is important to Duquesne and our religious sponsors, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, that all our full-time employees are adequately compensated," said University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty.
The increase-up from $14 per hour-is equal to $21 per hour with the addition of the value of benefits. By comparison, the Pennsylvania and federal minimums remain at $7.25 per hour. Pittsburgh also has one of the nation's lowest costs of living, magnifying the impact of this minimum wage.
"The University started aggressively moving its minimum wage up about five years ago," explained Dougherty. "The first year was the largest challenge, but each subsequent year has been easier on our total budget."