More than 210,000 employees help run the University of California, including thousands of lecturers, researchers, student staff members, managers, administrators, and patient-care and service employees. Each one of these workers deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and each one of these workers deserves decent pay, job stability and adequate benefits. The UC needs to do more to create better working conditions for its workers.
Many UC workers have struggled to meet basic needs with their pay. Forty-five percent of UC clerical, administrative and support employees reported having very low food security, and about 80 percent of UC workers often have to choose between buying food and paying rent. Nearly 70 percent of workers struggle to concentrate on work because of hunger.