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Media Roundtable: 48,000 University of California academic workers strike to demand better wages, housing support & childcare

Academic workers at UC Berkeley
UC Student-Workers Union UAW 2865
Academic workers at UC Berkeley

On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we're discussing the academic workers strike across the 10-campus University of California system. This week, 48,000 workers went on strike to demand better wages, housing support, childcare, and transit benefits. This is the biggest academic strike in United States history.

Workers say, "UC’s failure to support a diverse workforce undermines the quality of research and education. Compensation that doesn’t match the cost of living and inequitable working conditions are pushing scholars out of academia. We do the majority of teaching and research at UC, yet UC is refusing to offer us a fair share of the record-setting grant and state funding that our labor brings in."


Iris Kwok, climate and transportation reporter for Berkeleyside

Ally Markovich, education reporter for Berkeleyside

Web Resources:

Berkeleyside: Thousands of UC Berkeley employees go on strike for better wages, benefits

The New Republic: Don’t Laugh: The Striking U.C. Grad Students Have a Strong Case

The Sacramento Bee: UC strike: Here’s what’s at stake in America’s largest ever higher education labor action

Berkeleyside: Why hasn’t UC Berkeley built more student housing?

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.