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Two-Day Strike By University Of California Lecturers Has Been Called Off

A two-day strike by University of California lecturers and picket lines at nine UC campuses across the state has been called off, just hours before employees were set to walk off the job.

The University Council AFT, the union representing about 7,000 lecturers, said they have a tentative agreement. The University Council-American Federation of Teachers, which represents non-tenure track faculty and librarians, announced it had won "transformative and groundbreaking improvements in crucial areas, including job stability, workload, and compensation," according to a Wednesday tweet.

The union said it filed seven unfair labor practice charges in the past 20 months over the UC management's refusal to engage in negotiating processes and rejection of the union's contract. The two parties have been negotiating for a new contract since April 2019, but have been unable to find a compromise — until now. Classes are expected to proceed as normal on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Across the country, thousands of workers are striking, including union members at John Deere and Kellogg. Grad student workers at Harvard and teachers in Ohio just ended strikes.

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