California has a problem, a big problem.
On Monday, nearly 48,000 educational workers walked off the job.
This has happened only weeks before final exams are slated to take place in December.
Among those that walked off campuses around the state were teaching assistants, researchers, postdoctoral students, tutors, and graders.
Among the issues they want to be improved are childcare subsidies, benefits, and pay increases.
Many professors have already told their students that classes will be halted until this strike ends.
The University of California has already put an offer on the table for a five percent pay increase.
The university stated, "UC’s primary goal in these negotiations is multiyear agreements that recognize these employees’ important and highly valued contributions to UC’s teaching and research mission with fair pay, quality health and family-friendly benefits and a supportive and respectful work environment.”
Now, can you imagine being a parent who has shelled out tens of thousands for your child’s education and seeing their education frozen because the school has shut off the purse strings?
We know these schools are sitting on hundreds of millions and could solve this issue in a heartbeat, but they will probably use it to drive tuition costs, just as conservatives have feared.
UAW, which represents the workers at UC, has no end date slated for the strike.
Neal Sweeney, president of UAW Local 5810, stated, "The strike will end when UC ends its unfair labor practices and starts bargaining in good faith.”
Source: Fox Business