ASUCD Statement of Solidarity with UC Student Workers

Due to the recent implementation of the UCPath payroll system, ASUCD employees (among other undergraduate student employees) have been severely affected, with missing or inadequate pay. Some have not received pay for months. This is unacceptable and ASUCD student government has come out with a statement of solidarity.

To The University of California Office of the President,

We as a representative body for undergraduate students at UC Davis are writing to express our utmost discontent over the forceful transition into the new UCPath payroll system. Over these past several weeks complaints have been brought up about UCPath. Since its initial rollout on the UC Davis campus in October 2019, there have been persistent issues with hiring, and processing payroll for our student employees. Many students either have not been paid or have been receiving incomplete amounts on their checks.

The Associated Students, University of California Davis (ASUCD) employs upwards of 1,200 students, who are vital to our daily operations and services. This means that our students who work at the Coffee House that serve our campus community on a daily basis, our workers at the Pantry who ensure folks don’t go home hungry, even our student bus drivers who make sure students are able to attend classes on a daily basis, and serve the city of Davis, have all been severely impacted because of the University of California’s mandate to roll out UCPath.

These same students have mouths to feed and a roof to keep over their head. The concern is the lack of transparency with students about this situation and the fact that students have not been paid is absurd. Various other UCs that have been forced to transition over to UCPath had faced similar issues over missing and inadequate pay. The University of California decided to gradually roll out the UCPath system across the UCs. Given that there are still issues with the system, and no action from the University of California shows undergraduate student employees the negligence and lack of responsibility that their system of education has shown them.

Students are at the point where they can no longer stand waiting for administration to take action. If the University of California system is unable to provide a reliable system, especially when the previous payroll system for ASUCD operated in-house and was functioning optimally, there is absolutely no necessity to have transitioned over to UCPath. We would like the University of California to take responsibility for their actions, and compensate monetarily for the delay of wages.

The transition to UCPath has caused many students undue stress. Students on our campus live paycheck to paycheck, and rely on their timely wages to pay rent and afford meals. They rely on their jobs while simultaneously pursuing an education at UC Davis. This is unacceptable, and we as the ASUCD representatives stand in solidarity with our student workers, and demand action be taken immediately.

Shondreya Landrum – ASUCD Senator, Pro Tempore

Shreya Deshpande – ASUCD Internal Vice President

Victoria Choi – ASUCD Senator

Anna Estrada- ASUCD Senator

Justin Hurst – ASUCD President

Kevin Rotenkolber – ASUCD Controller

Sean Kumar, ASUCD Senator

Maya Barak – ASUCD Senator

Filip Stamenkovic, ASUCD Business and Finance Commission Chairman

Adam Hatefi, ASUCD External Affairs Vice President

Karolina Rodriguez ASUCD Senator

Jose A. Sanchez, ASUCD Senator

Sahiba Kaur- ASUCD Senator

Peiyuan Chen – ASUCD Senator

Elena DeNecochea- ASUCD Gender and Sexuality Commission Chairperson

Jonina Balabis-ASUCD Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission Chairperson

Shelby Salyer ASUCD External Affairs Commission Chairperson


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3 Comments

  1. Alan Miller

    This probably explains why I haven’t been paid for expenses I turned in in May, and everytime I go by the temp ASUCD office, they not only don’t have my check, they don’t even know how to track where it is in the process, or indeed any evidence they didn’t lose my expense request.

    Holy Incompetence Batman!

    I can absorb this, but I know many students who were never paid.

    I sense a class action lawsuit brewing. 🙂

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