Failing California's Communities: How the University of California's Low Wages Affect Surrounding Cities and Neighborhoods

January 2008
The Partnership for Working Families
Center for Labor and Community Research

The data in this report shows that University of California workers in service and patient care positions earn significantly less than the livable wages other colleges and hospitals in the state pay, a fact that bodes ill for the 55 communities around the state in which these low-wage employees are concentrated. As one of the largest employers in California and one of the largest employers in the area surrounding each UC campus, the University has an important role to play in the future of these communities.