|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of California, Berkeley
PA-12: Employee Compensation
|2.30 / 3.00||
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
Percentage of employees that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):
Does the institution have significant contractors with employees that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
A list or brief description of significant on-site contractors:
UC Berkeley has a strong in-house workforce, and we generally prohibit contracting for services per UC Regents policy. When work is contracted, we require contractors to pay their employees a prevailing wage. All services, covered or non-covered, performed at UC Locations require the Supplier warrant that it is in compliance with applicable federal, state and local working conditions and that the Supplier meet the UC Fair Wage policy when performing services on campus.
Under Regents Policy 5402 and AFSCME Article 5, UC requires its campuses to:
• Limit outsourcing
• Ensure fair wages and benefits to employees of contractors
UC requires campuses to in-source covered services work whenever possible, as well as compare prevailing wage to wage & benefit parity rate to use whichever is highest.
At this time, UC Suppliers/Vendors/Contractors are not required to submit certified payroll records as part of their contracts with the University.
Percentage of employees of on-site contractors known to receive a living wage or be covered by collective bargaining agreements (i.e., union contracts):
Total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time or full-time employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade:
All regular staff employees at UC Berkeley must earn a minimum of $15.00/hour in accordance with the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan, though the lowest regular employee currently earns $16.50, which is more than the state minimum wage of $12.00 and over the local city of Berkeley minimum wage of $16.07/hr. UC Berkeley provides a benefits package to the lowest paid employees wages which equates to roughly $10.40/hour. The total compensation (wages and benefits -CRB+other benefits) for the lowest-paid workers is $26.90/hour, which is 126% of living wage. The living wage calculation for Alameda County, CA for 2 Adults, 2 Children, is $21.38/hour.
Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:
A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:
On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced a new minimum wage plan for UC employees. Titled the “UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan”, the program guarantees that by October 2017 UC employees hired to work at least 20 hours a week be paid at least $15 per hour.
The plan also requires that contractors doing business with UC guarantee a $15 minimum hourly wage for their workers, ensuring that any workers being paid through a UC contract are paid fairly. The plan includes several measures to ensure contractors comply with the new minimum wage, as well as all federal, state, and UC workplace law and policies, including a telephone hotline for contract workers to report issues, and annual and periodic audits. With this plan, UC is the first public university in the United States to voluntarily establish a $15/hour minimum wage.
Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Information in this field was provided by the UC Berkeley Human Resources office.
The local living wage of $21.38 was calculated using the MIT Living Wage calculator in January 2021.