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Editorial: A strike by UC academic workers would tarnish the prestigious university system

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Editorial: A strike by UC academic workers would tarnish the prestigious university system

By Lisa Lush

An agreement between the administration and the UC Academic Senate would make college faculty and graduate students among the lowest paid workers at the University of California. At the same time, the union would be restricted in how it can organize and represents students.

In a statement released Tuesday, students said their bargaining committee would meet to discuss an agreement with the administration and have no further comment until then.

UC Graduate Employees Union Local 5, which has been negotiating since December, has been meeting with the administration and the UC Academic Senate since February. The union has been working out the details of a tentative agreement in the hopes of reaching a final deal in the next several weeks.

“If the labor agreement is not in the best interests of students and workers, we will make changes,” said John Loomis, vice president of union negotiations. “If the labor agreement is in the best interests of students and workers, I’m happy with it.”

The tentative agreement, which does not include the proposed wage hike, includes the continuation of the tenure system, which requires tenure-line faculty to teach a maximum of 30 courses per year. The terms of the deal do contain a concession made by the administration that it does not want to see the union use its authority to impose additional costs on the university: the university will continue to withhold funds from the union if the union uses the funds to help support union elections or to support the union’s campaign for a “decision making” strike, which is the union’s ability to call a

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