12 results for tag: cost of living


UC Berkeley students hold ‘wildcat’ strike for more pay, rehiring of fired workers

By Natalie Orenstein March 16, 2020 UC Berkeley will become familiar with term “digital picket” this week, as graduate students, who are already working from home because of the coronavirus, begin a work stoppage Monday. The student workers are going on a “wildcat” strike — meaning it hasn’t been authorized by UAW 2865, the UC graduate student union representing some 19,000 workers — to demand cost-of-living pay adjustments and the rehiring of dozens of their counterparts who have been fired from UC Santa Cruz. “In the Bay Area and across California, wages are stagnating compared to the cost of living,” said Helen, a ...

Striking UC Santa Cruz Workers Are Spending Almost All Their Money on Rent

“I am risking de-facto expulsion and having to leave the country.” By Lauren Kaori Gurley February 24, 2020 When Sohum Banerjea started his PhD in computer science at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2016, he paid $800 a month to sleep in a bare-bones living room. It was the best he could afford with the stipend offered to him by the university. “There were five of us in a two bedroom apartment,” he said. “Each of us paid $800. I didn’t have a door or curtain.” That summer, he traded the living room for a rat-infested bedroom. Banerjea is one of many UC Santa Cruz graduate student workers who withheld fall quarter grades from the ...

In the UC Santa Cruz Wildcat Strike, Class War Meets the California Housing Crisis

Mairav Zonszein February 21, 2020 “This is a marathon, not a sprint,” Sarah Mason, a graduate student in sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz, tells a crowd of several hundred students, wrapping up the fourth day of an unprecedented wildcat strike that has drawn threats of mass dismissal and captured the attention of UC campuses across the state. Using a megaphone, Mason reminds them that LA teachers went on strike for six days last year and Oakland teachers for seven before getting their pay raises. She asks for a show of hands to see how many wanted to continue to picket the following day. Arms shoot up all around her. Gr...

Report finds Wyoming wages haven’t risen with the cost of living

By Margaret Austin February 19, 2020 Across Wyoming, parents raising children struggle to pay for basic necessities like housing, food and health care. Released Tuesday, the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Wyoming 2020 report aims to measure just how much an individual needs to earn to support the most basic costs of raising a family. Measuring a variety of factors, including child care, transportation and emergency savings, the Self-Sufficiency Standard provides a “deeper dive” in looking at economic sustainability, according to Megan Degenfelder, chairwoman of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation Board. “It is very much our hope that ...

Wage increases- here and there

By Morf Morford February 11, 2020 Politicians are notorious for claiming credit for work they didn’t do or that was done before they came along. Exaggeration and hyperbole is part of the landscape. If you or I spoke like that, or represented ourselves on our resumes as having made those accomplishments, we’d be fired or worse. When it comes to pay, for example, annual cost of living increases used to be standard. These pay increases would be tied to the cost of living and would match the rate of inflation. The assumption was not that this would be a raise – at least in the usual sense – but an increase in pay that would maintain pay in ...