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How much less does UC pay female and black service workers than male and white workers?

After 23 years working at UC’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, first as a bus driver and now as a groundskeeper, Kathreen Bedford was dismayed to learn a white man hired a couple years ago with whom she works side-by-side whacking weeds already makes a higher wage than she does. ...

April 2, 2018

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News Report on Internal UC Audit Reveals Wage Policy Shame

(OAKLAND, CA) – A blockbuster report in today's San Jose Mercury News has revealed that the University of California is failing to enforce the minimum wage policy it released to much "fanfare" in 2015. The report was compiled based on a review of internal campus audits related to vendor compliance with the University's Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan (FW/FW), which affects thousands of low wage contract workers....

October 23, 2017

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Workers at some UC campuses say they don’t earn fair wages

In 2015, UC President Janet Napolitano announced with great fanfare that the University of California would become the first public university in the country to voluntarily set a $15 minimum wage....

October 22, 2017

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New UC audit raises more questions about Office of the President

The University of California doesn’t always follow its own rules for deciding when it’s OK to replace university employees with less-expensive contract workers, according to a new state audit that again raises questions about UC’s central office operations....

August 22, 2017

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University of California debt soars to $17 billion; regents consider new borrowing policy

The University of California’s debt has ballooned to $17.2 billion since the start of the recession, more than doubling as the system borrowed to repair buildings, fund pensions, and build medical centers and student housing....

September 14, 2016

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UC Berkeley students arrested after sit-in over contract worker pay

BERKELEY -- Students protesting the pay and treatment of subcontracted custodians and parking attendants -- including some who work for a contractor under federal investigation -- staged a sit-in Thursday at California Hall, home to the campus chancellor's office....

December 4, 2015

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Guest commentary: How Richmond could become Baltimore or not

The protests that recently engulfed Baltimore have sparked a much needed debate about the systemic problems that plague too many American cities....

May 17, 2015

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Plan to eliminate UC tuition hike wins unanimous approval from Senate committee

SACRAMENTO -- All the talk in recent weeks about how to fix the University of California's money woes and stave off a tuition hike has been between Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano....

April 9, 2015

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UC President Janet Napolitano calls protest ‘crap,’ later apologizes (Video)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Janet Napolitano's popularity took another nose-dive this week when a video surfaced of the UC president calling a raucous protest at a regents meeting "crap."...

March 19, 2015

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UC funding: Napolitano, Brown give initial report on budget stalemate

SAN FRANCISCO -- In their first public report about high-level talks to break a budget stalemate, Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano said Wednesday they are making progress but gave no indication they have reached any agreements in their showdown over funding the University of California....

March 18, 2015

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