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Buying Services

The Services team is charged with issuing purchase orders, which are unilateral agreements that do not require a contractor's signature, for the provision of commercially available services.

Prevailing Wage Projects

Effective August 2015, the university requires all private construction contractors to follow public works law and pay their workers prevailing wages when working on a project funded by a public entity. The university must report prevailing wage projects with the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations and obtain a project number before commencing work.  The university is required to report and create project numbers for NEW Construction over $25K and Maintenance/Repairs over $15K.

Prevailing wages are due, in most instances, if the project costs are more than $1,000, and involves new construction, alteration, demolition, installation, repair and maintenance. In addition, incorporates the installation of equipment that requires specialized trade skills, such as electrician, plumber, carpenter, etc. Other classifications include but not limited to, moving services, furniture assembly/installation, and wall attachment. 

Additional information may be obtained on the UCOP website and on the State of California Department of Industrial Relations website.


Fair Wage

In July 2015, University of California President, Janet Napolitano, announced a new minimum wage plan for UC employees: 

  • Guaranteed that by October 2017 UC employees hired to work at least 20 hours a week 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.

  • 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: (855) WAGES-UC

More information is available on the UCOP website.