University of California employees call for fair wages

Service employees of the University of California, Berkeley, union leaders and students chanted for justice as they made their way to the Berkeley campus.

The rally led by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees or AFSCME comes after new research revealed widening racial and gender gaps within the UC system’s workforce.

According to the study — between 2005 and 2015 — the ratio between average salaries for UC’s top one percent of wage earners and all other employees grew from 7-to-1 to 9-to-1 — with pay for top administrators rising 64 percent.

Furthermore, white and Asian/Pacific Islander workers are more often hired into higher-paying titles, while Black and Latinos are hired into lower-paying jobs.

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