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High Ideals, Low Pay: A Wage Analysis of University of California Service Workers

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Publication Date: February 2005

Publisher(s): National Economic Development and Law Center (U.S.)

Author(s): Deborah Frankle; Tim Lohrentz; Aimee Durfee

Topic: Education (Education personnel and population)

Type: Report

Coverage: California


The University of California (UC) is regarded around the globe as a premier public educational institution, producing Nobel Prize Winners, world class research and the state's top echelon of decision makers and opinion leaders. UC is also one of the state's largest employers and a major generator of economic growth.

The primary purpose of this report is to determine, for all nine UC campuses, the extent to which UC pays adequate, family sustaining wages to the workers who provide basic services to the campus community.