Cal State Student Workers Vote To Unionize, Forming Largest Undergrad Student Worker Union In The Country

Student workers in California have scored a milestone victory.

ABC News reports:

“Undergraduate student workers at California State University voted to join a union to negotiate better pay, sick time, paid parking and other benefits with the university, creating the largest such union in the country, officials announced Friday.

The California Public Employment Relations Board said 7,252 student workers submitted electronic ballots between Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, with 7,050 voting in favor of joining the California State University Employees Union, or CSUEU.

Student assistants at the largest four-year university system in the country last April submitted a petition with thousands of signatures asking state authorities to approve their union election and organized get-out-the-vote campaigns at the university’s 23 campuses.

The university’s 20,000 student assistants will join CSUEU/SEIU Local 2579, which already represents 16,000 university staff members.

The student workers say they are underpaid and unappreciated. They get paid $16.25 an hour, which is the state’s minimum wage, don’t get paid sick leave, and are not allowed to work more than 20 hours a week.

‘Many of us will only be here for four years. But we know that this isn’t just for us, this is for every student worker who comes after us,’ Gem Gutierrez, a student assistant at Sacramento State, said during a Zoom meeting after the vote results were announced.”

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