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News - January 24, 2020

Wages for Foothill student employees lag behind local cities

Trustees agree to study $15 minimum wage for all student workers, temp staff

by Kevin Forestieri

For the more than 1,000 student employees working campus jobs across the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, getting paid the local minimum wage would be a big improvement. But as it stands, many students are scraping by with less.

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Posted by Alex Wang
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm

The wage that de Anza pays us is well under the standard wage in Cupertino, which is kinda passive aggressive that forces us not to work on campus. Since the wage is lower than the standard wage in Cupertino, we can’t get the service as quality as those off campus.

Posted by Great article
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2020 at 3:44 pm

This is why we need local journalism -- how else would this ever come to light?

Paying college students that little is really unfair. My 15 year old daughter makes $16/hr at her after school job in Palo Alto. Some of the jobs described here require far more skill and yet the students make far less.

Posted by Fred
a resident of Slater
on Jan 24, 2020 at 9:26 pm

I bet this story is preliminary to another planned by the rich empire that is the Foothill-De Anza community college bureaucracy. The empire wants more money so maybe - perhaps - possibly they could give some more money to local or foreign students who are doing some kind of work. The story says over 800 students "worked" at De Anza last year? Doing what? Parking their own cars? Fill us in.

Posted by Fred
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 24, 2020 at 9:27 pm

Worked doing what? Parking their own cars? Fill us in.

Posted by Confused
a resident of another community
on Jan 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

I’m confused. Why would there be international students coming here on international visas to study at community colleges in California? I thought these were local community educational institutions. I never considered looking into a community college in Colorado, for example -

Posted by Ok
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 25, 2020 at 8:18 am

The answer is simple-UC. You can transfer from De Anza/Foothill to, for example, UC Berkeley and save a lot while getting your UC Berkeley diploma.

Posted by Miner makes money
a resident of Willowgate
on Jan 25, 2020 at 11:52 am

How much money does Chancellor Judy Miner take for herself? How about her legions of fellow administrators? And instructors with mere master degrees? See Transparent California under Foothill De Anza Community College District.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 25, 2020 at 4:13 pm

The Governing Board member, representing Mountain View and Palo Alto - is Laura Casas. IN SPITE OF HER ... Support Measure H, small parcel tax.

You want 'to legally force' the Community College Board to discuss Min. Wage, even take action?

It is easy. BEFORE THE ELECTION, ASAP. Write a letter and invoke some magic legal words* "Under Education Code 72121.5 I request this matter be put on the next Regular Meeting agenda." Ask for something short and succinct "Minimum Wage: Discuss making the minimum wage in this District match the County Minimum Wage, and take action on directing the staff to return with such a Policy for a vote at the next meeting."

FHDA Board President Pearl Cheng
12345 El Monte Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA. 94022

Board, FIRST MONDAY - meeting Feb 3, in 9 days.

Support the small Parcel Tax of the Community College/ Measure H /
less than $250 per parcel over the next 5 years (total!). The Community Colleges get less per-student than even K-12th grade schools. A shame, I think.

* Ed Code direct legislative link
Web Link

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 25, 2020 at 4:38 pm

ah oh - Actually, looks like the County - does not have a minimum wage. So just "median of minimum wage used by Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Cupertino, San Jose". All of these cities are (I think) within the FH-DA district and all have reasonably similar rates above the state's.

I haven't vetted this truth outlet - but the numbers seem about right
Web Link

Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Jan 25, 2020 at 5:09 pm

@Steven Nelson - The Foothills/DeAnza board could pick any minimum it wants although most cities it serves are at (or above) $15...with a few exceptions like Los Altos Hills.

Los Altos Hills (home of Foothills College) is at State Level for minimum wage. Their City Council recently refused to raise it as irrelevant to their town.... right after discussing Students' homelessness

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