YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Press Release in Support of UC Workers

YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Press Release in Support of UC Workers 

The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland supports the 25,000 UC workers, and their efforts to end the unequal treatment of low-wage women and people of color working for the University.

Service workers across the UC system are striking following unsuccessful contract negotiations with the UC system. The strike draws attention to the unpublished employment and demographic data from the University. The report outlines that women and people of color are often paid less for services jobs, such as grounds keeping or custodial work, than their white male peers.[1]

Throughout the UC system, starting wages for black women working services jobs are 10 percent lower than starting wages for white men.[2] While starting wages for black women working patient care, those who assist nurses and take X-rays, are 23 percent lower than starting wages for their white male counterparts.[3]

The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, an organization that has been serving the campus community since 1889, is disappointed that the University continues to perpetuate the unequal treatment of women and people of color by paying them less than their white male counterparts.

As an organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of women, elimination of institutionalized racism, and promotion of peace and dignity for all, we stand in solidarity with campus workers.

[1] https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/02/female-black-uc-service-workers-paid-far-less-than-male-white-workers/

[2] https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/02/

[3] https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/02/