The University of California, Santa Cruz, has finally reinstated 41 graduate student workers after firing them in March in the midst of a wildcat strike and as a pandemic was set to take hold in the state.

According to Inside Higher Ed, the reinstatement of the UCSC grad students is “a result of a settlement between the university and the graduate worker’s union, UAW 2865. In July the two parties reached a deal in which the union agreed to drop an unfair labor practice charge with the California Public Employment Relations Board in exchange for providing a path to reinstatement for fired teaching assistants and instructors.”

Back in December, more than 200 UCSC grad student teaching assistants and instructors refused to turn in fall grades, resulting in a wildcat strike, to demand an increase in stipend or cost-of-living adjustment (also known as COLA). The students said wages were too low while rent had become astronomically high and unaffordable in their city.

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