Academic workers at UC have reached final agreement on new contracts which make historic gains in compensation, childcare subsidies and paid leaves, and include groundbreaking new protections against bullying and discrimination.
UAW 2865 (which represents more than 19,000 Teaching Assistants, Graders, Readers and Tutors) and Student Researchers United-UAW (which represents 17,000 Student Researchers across the UC system) have ended their successful strike and will be returning to their positions.
“This is a tremendous victory for not only the members of UAW Local 2865 and SRU-UAW, but for all academic workers,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “Our members have rightfully won an agreement that will improve the quality of their lives, increase protections from harassment and discrimination, and help parents balancing the needs of family and work. The entire UAW family celebrates this victory with them.”
“These agreements set a new standard for institutions of higher education across the U.S.,” said UAW Director for Region 6, Mike Miller. “Unions make sense for academic workers. Issues like low pay, unstable benefits and inequitable working conditions aren’t going away on their own. Unions give workers the tools to make change on those issues. We look forward to building on the strength of these new contracts to improve the quality of life for every worker at UC and other universities.”