Nearly 48,000 academic workers at the University of California are set to begin an Unfair Labor Practices strike Monday if UC officials do not remedy their unlawful conduct. Workers include members of Student Researchers United, UAW 5810, and UAW 2865; 98 percent of members who cast ballots supported the strike.
The workers — academic student employees, academic researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and student researchers – are negotiating a new contract and are demanding a fairer UC.
“These demands are necessary to make careers at UC accessible to people from all backgrounds. Too many workers are pushed out of UC by unsustainable rent burdens, long commutes, and insufficient support for working parents and international scholars. UC must be an institution that truly serves the public, not one where the scholars who do the majority of the work struggle to make ends meet while highly paid administrators live in publicly funded mansions,” according to a petition for the workers.