California’s $15 an hour minimum wage increase will result in hundreds losing their jobs at UC Berkeley over the next couple years.
Sadly, people who work in the front-line services will be the first ones to go, which is ironic because the wage hike was designed to help the lower income earners.
The San Francisco Gate finds:
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees Monday informing them of the job reductions and said they will amount to “a modest reduction of 6 percent of our staff workforce.”
“The people who clean buildings, who work in food services or health clinics” will be the ones without a job, says Todd Stenhouse, a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
He also said “There’s a very clear need for those front-line services. But the question is whether there really is a need to hemorrhage resources on executives.”
Staff members who work in residential student services were informed by managers two weeks ago that they should prepare for lay-offs. Other departments will soon follow.
The staff cuts are a part of an effort by the university to balance their budget by 2018-19, a task met with serious resistance in 2016 after projecting a deficit of $150 million. The job eliminations are expected to save $50 million, according to the Chancellor’s memo.
In a related article, Townhall predicts working people and business across California will experience a similar fate as a result of the state-wide minimum wage hike.