University of California graduate student workers end strike, ratify three-year contracts
On Dec. 23, 2022, graduate student researchers and academic student workers at the University of California voted to approve new contracts, ending their six-week strike. Under the terms of the new contracts, these workers will be among the best supported in public higher education in the country.
“The University of California welcomes the ratification of these agreements with our valued graduate student employees. The university believed that the assistance of a third-party mediator would help the parties reach agreement, which is why we are so grateful that the union accepted our invitation to mediation and partnered with us in selecting Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg to serve as the mediator,” said Letitia Silas, executive director of systemwide labor relations.
“As a result of this collaboration, the parties were ultimately able to reach tentative agreements on the contracts as a whole in just a few days following months of negotiations. The University of California has negotiated several fair labor agreements over the last year with our represented employees. Today’s ratification demonstrates yet again the university’s strong commitment to providing every one of our hardworking employees with competitive compensation and benefit packages that honor their many contributions to our institution, to our community, and to the state of California.”
The new contracts go into effect immediately and will be in place through May 31, 2025.labor relations, strike, systemwide, UAW