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Strike by University of California part-time lecturers averted

A two-day strike planned by lecturers at the University of California was averted Wednesday, with the union representing those lecturers saying it reached a tentative agreement with the university’s management.

UC-AFT, the union for UC’s part-time faculty, was planning a strike Wednesday and Thursday that would have caused mass class cancellations across the system’s nine campuses. But the union called off the strike after coming to a tentative contract deal that includes increased job protections, higher pay and four weeks of paid family leave. UC has about 6,000 lecturers.

“This is a landmark achievement. We are pleased with how far management has come towards our position. This victory is owed to the hard work of organizing that our members have done for over two and a half years,” UC-AFT President Mia McIver said.

Letitia Silar, the executive director for UC’s Systemwide Labor Relations, said in a statement Wednesday that UC is “proud of the dedication and commitment to harmonious labor relations both sides demonstrated to achieve a fair deal that honors our lecturers and prioritizes the University’s instructional mission.”