Indiana University is raising its minimum wage to $8.25 per hour, effective July 1.
That puts IU above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which is the university’s current pay floor.
The increase will cost the university about $1 million and will affect about 8,750 employees. Two thirds of those employees work on the Bloomington campus, largely in the housing and dining services.
“Indiana University depends on the hard work of many part-time and temporary employees on all our campuses, and this much-deserved pay increase is one way we can recognize their important contributions to the success of IU,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie said in a statement.
At an IU Trustees meeting earlier this year, IU Trustee Patrick Shoulders suggested the university needed to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, in line with President Barack Obama’s proposal.
Shoulders says he is pleased the university is taking what he sees as a “first step” to increasing the quality of life for its employees.
“I didn’t expect the university would jump people from $7 an hour to $10 an hour in one step,” he says. “I believe Indiana University can take a leadership position as the third largest employer in the state of Indiana to say that we need to take care of all level of workers in this state.”
Shoulders says he will continue to push for the university raising its wage higher.
IU last increased its minimum wage in 2009 to bring it in line with an increase in the federal minimum wage.