University Custodians Protest Wages
According to The Daily Californian, custodial workers, along with 40 supporters, marched through the UC Berkeley campus protesting unequal wages. Currently, the average pay for a five-year veteran is $12 an hour, while nearby schools pay $18.30 an hour for the same position.
As outlined in the article, school officials blame the lack of money for not offering raises to university custodians. Protestors argue this statement after the school announced a newly formed position for vice chancellor for equally and inclusion, carrying a salary range of between $182,000 and $282,000. Campus custodial workers are reportedly in favor of the new position, but wish the funds would be more fairly allocated to campus workers.
A university spokesperson comments that a 4 percent increase in salary will be provided to non-unionized workers, starting in October, but unionized employees, including the custodians, must renegotiate their contracts separately.
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