The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 22nd, 2015
The University of California system will raise its minimum wage for
direct and contract employees to $15 an hour over the next three years,
it announced on Wednesday. The plan, unveiled at a meeting of the Board
of Regents, will place the system’s minimum wage well above the state’s
minimum wage, which is $9 an hour.
“Through its education, research, and public-service missions, the
University of California’s students, faculty, and staff have made us
into a world-renowned institution,” said the system’s president, Janet
A. Napolitano, in a news release.
“And our community does not exist in a vacuum. How we support our
workers and their families impacts Californians who might never set foot
on one of our campuses.”
The wage applies to employees hired to work at least 20 hours a week.
The minimum wage will increase to $13 an hour in October, and will go
up $1 each in 2016 and 2017.
The system has roughly 195,000 employees, making it California’s third-largest employer.