The Times podcast: The grad student strike at UC schools

UC strike
A message is written on a wall as University of California picketers protest at UC Irvine on Dec. 6, 2022.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The workload for graduate students, researchers and assistants who take on-campus jobs for their discipline is notoriously underpaid and endless. That’s why 48,000 of those workers throughout the University of California system have gone on strike, demanding better pay and conditions. The strike is happening even as finals loom.

Today, we examine the background and what’s next. Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times education reporter Teresa Watanabe

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