Some 48,000 academic workers in the University of California system plan to strike Monday
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Nearly 48,000 academic workers from the University of Californiathe state public higher education system, have voted to go on strike on Monday in a labor action that could shut down classes and labs with just weeks left before final exams, according to the Los Angeles Times.
in what would be the largest strike of academic workers in the country, four bargaining units of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, better known as the United Auto Workers (UAW) that represent teaching assistants, postdoctoral fellows, academic researchers, and graduate students, tutors, fellows, and other university employees they are ready to protest starting at 8 am on all 10 University of California campuses.
The strike should have been prevented much sooner, bearing in mind that the negotiations have been going on for more than a year.
College campuses are scheduled to remain open and plan to continue instruction and operations.
Union members are looking for improvements regarding fair wages, respectful work environments (housing, childcare, and transportation costs), workplace accessibility, and international student fees.
Fair wages have been the most difficult and most important demand on which UC and the four unions representing workers have not reached agreement. Many workers have claimed that with the wages they receive it is difficult to pay rent.
“TAs earn between $20,000 and $25,000 per year. And for a place like Santa Cruz, that's almost impossible, especially given the rental market here,” Jack Davies, a graduate instructor and strike coordinator, told KSBW-TV in Salinas, California. , adding that "student workers like me spend more than 60% of our income on rent."
UC officials stated that they support the protected activities of freedom of expression, including the decision to strike.
According to the UC website, "UC believes its proposals have been fair, reasonable, and responsive to union priorities, and looks forward to continuing negotiations with the UAW and resolving these contracts as quickly as possible."
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