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UC Employment Practices Worsening

As the University of California celebrates “150 years of pioneering a better future,” a new report reveals a racial and gender dimension to the widening gap between the highest and lowest-paid workers. The report also examines the decline of Blacks within this workforce, and related outsourcing practices that undermine wages and working conditions.

Click here to view the full report.

Here are some findings of the report:

From 2005-2015, the income gap between UC’s highest-paid and lowest-paid workers got much wider

  • The ratio between the average salary for UC’s top 1% of wage earners and the median salary for all workers grew from 7:1 to 9:1. Top administrator salaries grew by 64%.
  • The share of total payroll cost for UC’s top 10% of wage earners grew from 22% to 31%, while the share for the bottom 50% dropped from 24% to just 22%.

UC’s highest-paid administrators include a higher proportion of whites and men than the State of California while its lowest paid workers are mainly people of color and women

  • Compared to California as a whole, both women and people of color are dramatically under-represented in the ranks of UC’s senior managers and executives.
  • AFSCME Local 3299, a union representing UC’s lowest-paid workers, is the most diverse segment of the University’s workforce—79% non-white, and 56% female.

Analysis of UC’s low-wage workforce (AFSCME-represented service and patient care workers) reveals racial and gender hierarchies

  • White and Asian/Pacific Islander (API) workers are more often hired into higher-paying titles, while Blacks, Latinos and Latinas are more often hired into lower-paying job titles.
  • Men are more concentrated in higher-paying job titles, and women in lower-paying titles.
  • On average, Latinos and Latinas earn starting wages 21% lower than white workers, and Blacks earn 20% less than whites.
  • Average starting wages for women are as much as $2 per hour less than men.
  • The patterns of racial and gender hierarchy are consistent across all UC campuses.

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