ASUCD Senate Passes Resolution in Support of Living Wage

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In a resolution authored by ASUCD President Ivan Carrillo, Co-authored by Senator Steven Lee, and introduced by Senator Lula Ahmed Falol, the UC Davis student government unamously voted in “support of the establishment of a living wage for City of Davis employees.”

In the resolution, the students register concern that the city of Davis hires “for-profit contractors for the ongoing provision of certain municipal services such as tree trimming, custodial work and landscaping” and these contractors pay as little as $9 per hour to their employees.

These wages preclude employees from even being able to live in affordable housing the city of Davis and the wage is larger than $4 per hour less than that for the lowest paid direct wage earner from the city of Davis.

“The City of Davis prides itself on being a progressive community with the aim of advocating social justice for its least advantaged members; and… the broader financial resources of larger employers such as the City of Davis places them in a better position to feasibly provide a living wage that places workers above poverty level.”

The ASUCD “supports sustaining a community in which City of Davis employees can adequately support themselves financially within the city of their employment”

And they urge “the Davis City Council to pass an ordinance establishing a living wage requirement for City of Davis employees engaged through for-profit service contractors”

They also note that the current budget does not include a living wage in its provisions and thus in their resolution they call on the Davis City Council to include a living wage in their budget and to pass a budget that pays these employees a living wage.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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8 thoughts on “ASUCD Senate Passes Resolution in Support of Living Wage”

  1. Egads!

    “They also note that the current budget does not include a living wage in its provisions and thus in their resolution they call on the Davis City Council to include a living wage in their budget and to pass a budget that pays these employees a living wage.”

    The City’s Finance Director is not including “unmet needs” in the budget, like funding needed for road repair and health and pension benefits for its city employees, let alone considering a living wage ordinance. The city can’t even pay for services it dispenses now! And UCD is having the same budgetary problems, as it pays the UC President an $11,000 per month housing allowance. Student idealism is a lovely thing – just not very practical. Let’s solve current budget problems first, before adding anything else!

  2. Egads!

    “They also note that the current budget does not include a living wage in its provisions and thus in their resolution they call on the Davis City Council to include a living wage in their budget and to pass a budget that pays these employees a living wage.”

    The City’s Finance Director is not including “unmet needs” in the budget, like funding needed for road repair and health and pension benefits for its city employees, let alone considering a living wage ordinance. The city can’t even pay for services it dispenses now! And UCD is having the same budgetary problems, as it pays the UC President an $11,000 per month housing allowance. Student idealism is a lovely thing – just not very practical. Let’s solve current budget problems first, before adding anything else!

  3. Egads!

    “They also note that the current budget does not include a living wage in its provisions and thus in their resolution they call on the Davis City Council to include a living wage in their budget and to pass a budget that pays these employees a living wage.”

    The City’s Finance Director is not including “unmet needs” in the budget, like funding needed for road repair and health and pension benefits for its city employees, let alone considering a living wage ordinance. The city can’t even pay for services it dispenses now! And UCD is having the same budgetary problems, as it pays the UC President an $11,000 per month housing allowance. Student idealism is a lovely thing – just not very practical. Let’s solve current budget problems first, before adding anything else!

  4. Egads!

    “They also note that the current budget does not include a living wage in its provisions and thus in their resolution they call on the Davis City Council to include a living wage in their budget and to pass a budget that pays these employees a living wage.”

    The City’s Finance Director is not including “unmet needs” in the budget, like funding needed for road repair and health and pension benefits for its city employees, let alone considering a living wage ordinance. The city can’t even pay for services it dispenses now! And UCD is having the same budgetary problems, as it pays the UC President an $11,000 per month housing allowance. Student idealism is a lovely thing – just not very practical. Let’s solve current budget problems first, before adding anything else!

  5. Anonymous

    EGADS!
    Not to worry, students at UCD are almost always a day late and a dollar short. Most have no interest in the City of Davis and are transient here anyway.
    Again,what is a living wage? What standard and where and for how many? This is Lamar and Cecilia talk. Did the students vote to investigate the $11,000 a month housing allowance?
    I agree with you that current budget issues should be resolved prior to living wages and any other non issue. What does Lamar think? No one hears much from him.

  6. Anonymous

    EGADS!
    Not to worry, students at UCD are almost always a day late and a dollar short. Most have no interest in the City of Davis and are transient here anyway.
    Again,what is a living wage? What standard and where and for how many? This is Lamar and Cecilia talk. Did the students vote to investigate the $11,000 a month housing allowance?
    I agree with you that current budget issues should be resolved prior to living wages and any other non issue. What does Lamar think? No one hears much from him.

  7. Anonymous

    EGADS!
    Not to worry, students at UCD are almost always a day late and a dollar short. Most have no interest in the City of Davis and are transient here anyway.
    Again,what is a living wage? What standard and where and for how many? This is Lamar and Cecilia talk. Did the students vote to investigate the $11,000 a month housing allowance?
    I agree with you that current budget issues should be resolved prior to living wages and any other non issue. What does Lamar think? No one hears much from him.

  8. Anonymous

    EGADS!
    Not to worry, students at UCD are almost always a day late and a dollar short. Most have no interest in the City of Davis and are transient here anyway.
    Again,what is a living wage? What standard and where and for how many? This is Lamar and Cecilia talk. Did the students vote to investigate the $11,000 a month housing allowance?
    I agree with you that current budget issues should be resolved prior to living wages and any other non issue. What does Lamar think? No one hears much from him.

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