Mixed reactions to VT Dining Services new raise plan


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 5 – Dining Services Opportunities: A sign in Turner Place at Lavery Hall explains the advantages of working for Dining Services. Photo: Jacob Clore

by Jacob Clore–-

Students working with Dining Services at Virginia Tech have reason to celebrate, as it has implemented a new pay raise system starting this month.

According to a memo sent out by Dining Services, students who started working by Nov. 1, 2015 without a break in service, work at least 10 hours a week and are in good standing will receive a 25-cent raise. For every subsequent semester for up to four years, employees will receive an addition 25 cents. Dining Services employee and Virginia Tech sophomore Christopher Roy has high hopes for the raise and its effect on employee morale.

“I think it is an amazing idea that should have been implemented long ago, especially since last fall, we had a huge problem with not a lot of people returning,” Roy said.

The new measures by Dining Services represent the second time this school year it gave student employees a raise. According to the Collegiate Times, Dining Services increased the minimum wage for student employees 50 cents in August 2015 to $9 an hour. However, dining halls still faced staffing shortages at the beginning of the semester due to employee turnover. Dining Services employee and Virginia Tech senior Emma Barrett found the conditions hard to work through.

“It gets really annoying because no one is there to work,” Barrett said. “A lot of the times, at the beginning of the year, I want to quit because I just hate how we have to work so hard.”

Many employees within Dining Services wonder whether the raise will be enough to keep current employees and attract new ones. Roy generally feels positive about the raise’s effect on employment.

“I think it’s a smart idea of dining services to do something like this,” Roy said. “I’m not all the way sure it is going to be enough because 25 cents per hour is not a huge bonus, but it is something… I think it will definitely help in the short-term.”

Students who want to learn more about the hiring process should check out the “Apply for Student Positions” page on Dining Services’ website.


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 6 – Dining Services Employee: Virginia Tech Senior Emma Barrett works at Bruegger’s Bagels in Turner Place at Lavery Hall. Photo: Jacob Clore


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 5 – Dining Services Employee: Virginia Tech senior Joseph Nappi works at Au Bon Pain in Squires Student Center and Godwin Hall. Photo Credit: Jacob Clore