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Hyperliberal UC Berkeley Won’t Pay Higher Minimum Wage
Famous nationwide as a bastion of liberalism, the University of California-Berkeley has chosen to ignore a local ordinance raising the minimum wage, claiming an exemption as a state agency.
California’s minimum wage is $9 an hour for all workers, but on October 1 the city Berkeley implemented a local ordinance raising it to $10, seeking to improve conditions for low-skill workers in a city with a high cost of living. However, the city cannot compel state government entities to pay the higher wage, and so UC-Berkeley, the city’s largest employer, has exploited its state affiliation to keep paying 25 percent of its student employees less than the city minimum, according to a report by Inside Higher Ed.
originally posted by: IAMTAT
Reminds me of crazy old Harry Reid exempting he and democrat Senate staffers from Obamacare.
originally posted by: Tangerine
a reply to: xuenchen
Apparently, you failed to recognize that it's the state that's refusing to increase the minimum wage. The state runs all branches of the university no matter where in the state they're located. Nice attempt at spinning the facts, though.
Not all colleges are avoiding the minimum wage hikes, however. Both San Jose State University and the City College of San Francisco have complied with heightened minimum wages.