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