Published On: Tue, Oct 27th, 2015

California minimum wage hike won’t help many students, exclude 20 hour week and lower employees

The University of California has been praised for leading the way with a plan to raise the minimum wage of their staff to $15 per hour over the next couple of years. Sadly, most students won’t benefit from the raise as the plan excludes anyone working less than 20 hours per week.

“The one minor detail that nobody really covered is that many employees are left out,” Alberto Perez, a UC-Santa Barbara student, told the Daily Nexus.

Perez said the university has an “unspoken rule that suggests students don’t work” more than 20 hours a week, even though some students need longer hours “to be in school in the first place,” financially speaking.

photo: TaxRebate.org.uk

photo: TaxRebate.org.uk

“UC Fair Wage Fair Work Plan” raised the minimum wage for full-time employees and contractors to $13 earlier this month, and it will rise to $14 in a year and $15 in October 2017.

Dianne Klein, media relations director for the university system, told The College Fix that, for students, “working more than 20 hours a week while studying full-time is extremely difficult without shortchanging a student’s university education.”

Those working fewer than 20 hours a week “are students who are on work-study, which is part of their financial aid packages,” Klein said. “In other words, these wages are calculated to cover part of their tuition.”

College Fix added that Klein did not specify whether students are barred by default from working more than 20 hours at UC jobs, or whether they need approval to work more than 20 hours, and thus don’t qualify for the pending $15 wage.

New University, UC-Irvine’s official student newspaper, reported last week that student workers’ hours “are capped at 19.5 hours per week.”

UC’s $15 wage track follows the state’s pending minimum-wage increase to $10 per hour in January.

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