University of California students support deal that ended 32-day strike, report says
Students in the University of California system are reportedly supportive of the deal with academic workers that put an end to a 32-day strike. I’m a third-year student at UC Davis, so I’m taking harder classes. That’s when I realized that the T.A.s were really important here.” Dev Singh, a student at UC Davis, told CBS News Sacramento. “Our papers and projects weren’t graded until the very last minute. After my finals, one of my classes gave me my first project grade. “
The UC system reached an agreement Friday evening with over 36,000 graduate student teaching assistants and other academic workers, ending disruptions at all 10 campuses after academic workers fought for pay increases and a boost in benefits. Tarini Hardikar from UC Berkeley’s union bargaining team stated in a Friday news release that the tentative agreements include increased benefits for parent workers, greater rights and protections for international workers, as well as protections against bullying, harassment, workplace protections and sustainable transit benefits.
Bargaining units said some workers could see raises of up to 66% over the next two years, the Associated Press reported. The contracts would go through May 31, 2025.
One of the main complaints from the academic workers was that they couldn’t afford to live in cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego and Berkeley, with the current salaries.
There was widespread support for the striking workers on campuses.
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“They’re even working [harder] than others in [private sector] industry, so I think they deserve a higher salary,” Mohammad Reza Narimani, a grad student at UC Davis, told CBS News.
“I think now we know our assignments are getting graded, and T.A.s can reply to emails again,” student Yume Shek told the media outlet. “That’s great. “
Fox News’ Elizabeth Pritchett and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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