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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
UC Apparently Paying Poverty Wages
I've generally not given much credence to the constant complaints by UC workers about how badly they are treated, but I never realized how truly badly they actually are treated. From, "Report Finds UC Wages Inadequate":
UC service workers are not earning enough to cover the basic cost of living for themselves or their families, a report released yesterday claims.The University first offered up "the report’s findings are flawed and inaccurate because it compares wage ranges, rather than reflecting actual salaries of UC employees," but that apparently wasn't a convincing response, so the spokesman continues with this, "The low wage rates are a side effect of the budget crunch, which is something UC cannot control." Somehow I don't think claiming that salaries are completely out of UC's control is going to fly either.
One strategy of the University is to subtly play off the students against the workers, implying that an increase in fees is necessary to pay for higher salaries for these low-wage workers. Then it's increased student fees vs. underpaid university employees. In this dynamic, the salaries for top administrators or coaches are usually ignored.
It's no wonder we get articles with information like this:
UC medical schools’ top executives are receiving $2.4 million in bonuses this year, with not one penny of that sum going toward students or university workers, outraging some UC workers.Seriously, let's have a crappy football team with a poorly paid coach and not have the people who clean our classrooms and work at the cafeteria on food stamps.Email This Post!
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