November 28, 2022
Weeks before final exams, hundreds of faculty members across the University of California announced they would not cross picket lines — by teaching or submitting grades — to show support for 48,000 graduate students and other instructors who’ve been on strike since Nov. 14.
“As long as this strike lasts, faculty across the system will be exercising their right to honor the picket line by refusing to conduct university labor up to and including submission of grades — labor that would not be possible without the labor of all other academic workers as well as university staff,” according to the announcement.
The instructors, who are represented by the United Auto Workers, are asking for higher salaries, better benefits and other improvements in working conditions. The strike, the country’s largest-ever such action on college campuses, is affecting all 10 UC campuses and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.