University Of California Academic Workers Strike, Citing High Cost Of Living

Students walk on the campus of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California on March 11, 2020. - Starting this week many southern California universities including UCLA will suspend in-person classes due to coronavirus concerns. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “At every turn, the university has sought to act unlawfully at the bargaining table, which is preventing us from reaching an agreement,” Neal Sweeney, the president of UAW Local 5810 said. The union represents over 11,000 UC postdoctoral employees and academic researchers.
  • “We’re the ones who perform the majority of the teaching, and we’re the ones who perform the majority of the research,” Rafael Jaime, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, said.
  • Jaime is president of U.A.W. Local 2865, which represents around 19,000 workers.

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