University of California at Berkeley

Graduate Student Employees Call for Nov. 20 Strike

A three-day strike by members of the Association of Graduate Student Employees/UAW has been called beginning Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The Berkeley action is part of a three-campus strike that began at UCLA Nov. 18.

Administrators said the campus will operate as usual during the three days.

Students are expected to attend classes and graduate student instructors and researchers are expected to meet their obligations.

Graduate student employees represented by unions at Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego say they are striking to gain collective bargaining rights.

UC's position is that collective bargaining would hamper the relationship between faculty and the graduate students.

"Student academic employees are first and foremost students" and the work of teaching assistants and research assistants is directly tied to their educational and career goals, according to UC officials.

Further, they add, state law does not recognize their rights to collective bargaining under the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act.


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