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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."

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.