(San Francisco, California, July 22, 2015) The President of the University of California system, Janet Napolitano, announced today a phased-in increase of the minimum wage paid to employees in the university system to 15 dollars an hour. The increase will affect about 195,000 employees and contract workers employed by the university system. The University of California with its 10 campuses is the third largest employer in the state of California. The minimum wage will be increased to 13 dollars an hour in October 2015, and then increased another 1 dollar per hour over the next 2 years. The current minimum wage in California is 9 dollars per hour, with an increase to 10 dollars an hour scheduled on Jan 1, 2015.