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    Duquesne University Increases Minimum Wage to $16-per-Hour

    Duquesne University, the largest Catholic university in Pittsburgh, has approved its new annual budget that will raise its minimum wage to $16 per hour effective Wednesday, July 1.

    The budget also includes two new benefits:

    • An extra .5 percent increase for all employees making less than $34,000 annually
    • A $500 University contribution into employee dependent-care flexible spending accounts. 

    "These measures can benefit our full-time employees by assisting them with extra expenses related to care for children before and after school; elder care; and help for dependents who are unable to care for themselves," said Duquesne University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty.

    The new minimum wage at Duquesne University-an increase from $15 per hour for fiscal year 2014-2015-will be equal to $22 per hour with the addition of the value of benefits. The Pennsylvania and federal minimum wage remain at $7.25 per hour.

    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.