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96% of UC Service Workers are income eligible for Public Assistance
So you've debunked how UC Executives are constantly crying wolf about the state budget because you know that only 8.6% of the state budget goes to UC Service Workers. And only 1% of student fees contribute to workers' wages.
But do you know the extent and severity of these poverty wages at UC?
According to AFSCME Local 3299 researchers 96% of UC service workers are income eligible for public assistance programs including: food stamps, WIC, public housing subsidies, and reduced lunch. Some UC service workers make as low as $10 per hour. Other California community colleges and hospitals pay an average of 25% more for the same work.
Speaking of housing subsidies and starvation, UC is going to pay $136,320 to rent a 6,800 square-foot home in Oakland for the first year and $141,000 to rent the house in the second year while the incoming UC President is waiting for the 13,329 square-foot mansion to be renovated at the cost of $8-9 Million.
The incoming UC President's package is valued at $828,000 a year. He smiled at his press conference and joked, "As you can see from my compensation package, I'm not starving to death."
The reality is UC Executives only want to pay themselves and have forced AFSCME to call a strike to get UC Executives to recognize that all UC workers deserve dignified, living wages. UC Executives should not be promoting poverty. Let's offer our solidarity on the picket and make sure the UC Execs know how valuable UC Service Workers and Patient Care Tech workers really are.
Get involved with your cohort and department so we don't fall for the budget crisis ruse. Let's picket together in solidarity. Contact UAW-Quad for help organizing!