PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Duquesne University is increasing its employee minimum wage to $16 an hour, slightly more than twice the state and federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1HLD9gW ) university officials also agreed to a 0.5 percent raise for all employees earning less than $34,000 a year. Under the new budget, the school will contribute $500 to employee dependent care flex funds.
University Spokeswoman Rose Ravasio says the new wage floor, effective July 1, impacts 168 Duquesne employees who earn between $15 and $15.99 an hour.
Officials say the increase means total compensation for the lowest paid full-time employees is equivalent to $22 per hour when adding the value of benefits.
University President Charles Dougherty says the wage increase benefits full-time employees by helping them with added expenses.
Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com