UC Berkeley has found funds to cover $18 million of the added expense, but some departments could still need to admit fewer Ph.D.s and cut TAs to save money.
While the graduate student workers that went on strike from the UC system for six weeks won concessions like increased pay, a substantial portion of the workers are still dissatisfied and the contracts are relatively short, so tough negotiations may resume again in 2024.
Two unions representing 36,000 student researchers and academic student employees ratified a labor agreement with UC Friday, ending the six-week strike.
Fifteen of the 40 members of the bargaining team voted no on the tentative deal announced Friday. Now they’re leading a campaign to persuade the rank-and-file members to reject the agreement.
Am agreement, which still needs to be ratified, was struck Friday between student employees and the University of California.
UC Berkeley graduate students who are also parents — among the last to still be on the picket line in a month-long strike — are advocating for better child care subsidies and health care for families.
As the end of the semester nears, striking academic workers’ absence is felt by students and researchers. A small group of picketers are attempting to slow down business as usual.
As strike hits one week, UC workers have gained support from city leaders and labor unions.
UC Berkeley instructors, researchers and post-docs are among the 48,000 academic workers across the University of California system on the picket line.