In less than a week, thousands of UC student workers are expected to walk off the job and strike over unfair labor practices. UC workers organized under United Auto Workers, which includes teaching assistants, graduates, researchers, and more, voted to strike on November 14th unless the UC begins bargains.
The union workers are fighting for fair wages as inflation, and rising rent around campuses are outpacing their earnings. Some demands include access to sustainable transportation, more childcare assistance, and increased job security. How long the strike will last is unknown, and as one Union teacher assistant says, it is up to the university and its willingness to cease the unfair labor practices.
Over 50,000 UC workers are expected to strike come Monday, which would cripple UC campuses and laboratories just ahead of exams, putting students in a potential state of limbo come midterms.