Lauren Gaytan, president of Roosevelt @ UC Berkeley, challenges the University of California to continue to expand rights for its workers.
By taking a firm stance on the minimum wage and the protection of its workers, the UC system is exercising its power as an anchor institution. Anchor institutions are nonprofit entities — such as hospitals, schools and churches — that are tied to a community. Anchor institutions have the financial and economic power to lead the fight against economic inequality in their region. By anchoring good jobs and economic models, schools across the country can leverage entire communities and produce viable solutions for a more equitable future.