California Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez recognizes the UC Berkeley Labor Center in his speech at the inaugural ceremony of Chancellor Dirks
Speaker Perez gave powerful testimony at UC Berkeley’s ceremonial inauguration of Chancellor Dirks on the value of working people and the commitment of California’s public university to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality education.
On November 13, 2013, the California Legislature held a joint hearing on the low wages paid by the fast-food industry. Lawmakers heard impassioned testimony from academics, advocates for the working poor, and from the fast-food workers themselves. The hearing was called after the release of the UC Berkeley Labor Center report, "Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry."
In recent decades, the airline industry has seen a substantial increase in outsourcing which has undercut job security and lowered wages. The transformation of self-sustaining middle-class airline careers to low-wage outsourced jobs not only hurts workers and their communities, but also may negatively affect the safety, security, and efficiency of airports. This report examines the extent of outsourcing in the airline industry; trends in wages over the last 20 years; the implications of these trends for workers, customers, and other stakeholders; and the costs and benefits of improving job standards in this industry.
This report estimates the public costs of low-wage jobs in the fast-food industry. Due to the combination of low wages, meager benefits, and often part-time hours, many of the families of fast-food workers must rely on taxpayer funded safety net programs to make ends meet. For this analysis we focus on jobs held by core, front-line fast-food workers, defined as non-managerial workers who work at least 10 hours per week for 27 or more weeks a year. The median wage for this workforce is $8.69 an hour. Only 13 percent of the jobs provide health benefits. We found that 52 percent of the families of core front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public safety-net programs at a cost of nearly $7 billion a year.
The demand for an increase in the national minimum wage during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was part of a package of demands seeking economic justice for workers through government intervention in the labor market. UC Berkeley Labor Center Labor Policy Specialist Steven Pitts and UC Berkeley Labor Economist Sylvia Allegretto co-authored this new report on the unfinished march toward a decent minimum wage as a part of the Economic Policy Institute's Unfinished March project.
A Labor Center best-seller, this booklet answers basic questions about unions and the labor movement. An informative, readable, and attractive resource for unions, schools, community groups, and others.
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