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University of California academic workers go on strike

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On Monday, thousands of academic staff members at University of California campuses across the state went on strike.

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They set up picket lines, disrupted classes, and staged loud protests in order to demand higher pay for teaching assistants and other staff members.

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) represents 48,000 academic workers in contract negotiations with the University of California system, but it was unclear how many went on strike at the 10 UC campuses. 

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As stated by the union, more than 36,000 members voted to authorise a strike a month ago.

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The striking employees include those who lecture, grade papers, conduct research, and perform other tasks that are too large for individual professors to handle.

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Members walked off the job on Monday after failing to reach a contract agreement over the weekend.

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