Fair Wage/Fair Work

On July 22, 2015, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano announced the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan (FW/FW). The program guarantees that by October 2017 UC employees hired to work at least 20 hours a week must be paid at least $15 per hour.

The plan also requires that contractors doing business with UC guarantee a $15 minimum hourly wage for their workers, ensuring that any workers being paid through a UC contract are paid fairly. The plan includes several measures to ensure contractors comply with the new minimum wage, as well as all federal, state, and UC workplace law and policies, including a telephone hotline for contract workers to report issues, and annual and periodic audits.

UC’s Fair Wage/Fair Work program requires its suppliers to pay no less than the following minimum wage to employees working on UC premises:

  • $13 per hour as of Oct. 1, 2015
  • $14 per hour as of Oct. 1, 2016
  • $15 an hour as of Oct. 1, 2017

Related Policy

​​​​​​UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan

FWFW is referenced in the UC Terms & Conditions, Article 25 on the Purchase Order as follows:


Version Date: May 2018