More evidence the City of Irvine is moving backwards and not forward today with news the University of California system will increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour according to reports from the LA Times.
From the story:
The move is expected to affect about 3,200 direct UC employees who work more than 20 hours a week, as well as several thousand more who are not direct employees but work for contractors, officials said.
UC officials have estimated that the move will wind up costing about $14 million a year and that most of that will come from sources other than state funding and tuition, such as parking fees, hospital revenues and bookstore sales, according to UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein.
Under the plan, the minimum wage for employees who work more than half time at UC will be $14 an hour by Oct. 1, 2016, and $15 by Oct. 1, 2017.
Now in speaking up against the Living Wage program in Irvine, Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway suggested the council should be working on ways to help create jobs. Its somewhat of a “feel good” statement Conservatives say when there’s no real plan or no real ideas to actually create new jobs. We await the councilman’s ideas on job creation….