AP Voices: Administrative professionals organizing for change
July 17, 2013
How do your wages compare to similar positions outside UC?
If there’s one thing administrative professionals at UC have in common, it’s crummy pay.

Among more than a thousand respondents to UPTE’s recent survey, more than 75% said their paychecks are lower than they would be at comparable jobs outside UC.

That’s not surprising: According to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, a family of four needs to earn $46,072 just to meet basic expenses in California. In high-cost areas, the numbers are much higher – nearly $53,000 for those in or near San Francisco.

The University of California used to support middle-class careers. But as wages lag, it’s become harder for dedicated staff members to stay.

Among survey participants who describe themselves as “long-time employees thinking of leaving,” 64% identify low wages as a significant issue. 

How do your wages compare to similar positions outside UC?

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can make a difference so that UC once again becomes a destination for those seeking careers in public education.

UPTE-CWA is fighting for fair wages for UC employees. Please show your support! Sign an authorization card saying that you support UPTE for administrative professional employees. Or join the union by downloading and filling out a membership application. Call us toll-free at 888-740-8783 and we’ll be happy to pick it up.

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