A student movement at the University of California at Berkeley has forced administrators to cut class, suspend classes, and impose a mandatory pay freeze on students who want to strike.
Students at the school are demanding higher pay, better health care, and greater protections from sexual assault.
The union, which calls itself the International Union of Students for Equality, has also said it will begin negotiating with the university’s provost and vice chancellor, calling for the reinstatement of faculty pay and the right to unionize.
The students at UC Berkeley are demanding that the university reinstate their paychecks after they were paid less than $25,000 last year.
The union says the $25 minimum wage was set in 2016 under a deal struck between the university and the Black Student Union (BSU), which was founded by the student leaders of the Black Panther Party.
The UC Berkeley strike began Sept. 13.
UC Berkeley students have been demanding that paychecks be restored to the amount they received in 2016 and $27,400 in 2017.
The strike has taken place against the backdrop of a growing crisis at colleges and universities across the United States, where colleges and other universities have faced a spike in sexual assault accusations, protests and lawsuits.
The crisis is particularly acute in UC Berkeley, where the student body is overwhelmingly white and female.
The student leaders, led by the Black Students Union, have called for the university to return to the $15 minimum wage and to increase the number of paid-time-off workers, or PTOs, to make up for the shortfall in pay.
The BSU has called on the university administration to reinstate faculty pay to the previous levels set by the union, while also calling for a pay freeze for all UC Berkeley faculty.
The Black Students union says that the pay cuts at the university have created a “massive financial strain” for students.
“We’re calling on the UC Berkeley administration to rehire all the faculty that are being laid off and to hire more PTO workers to provide more support for the faculty,” said the BSU’s co-founder, Muhamed Abdalla, a sophomore at the college.
The University of Mississippi at Jackson, which also recently announced layoffs, announced earlier this month that it would start paying its full-time employees in September, but also said that its board of trustees would meet on Friday to consider how to pay its students, who will be required to contribute 10 percent of their annual salary to the cost of the university.”
In a statement, the BSO also called on UC Berkeley to pay the entire tuition of all undergraduates for the fall semester and for the first six months of 2018.UC Berkeley has declined to comment.
The University of Mississippi at Jackson, which also recently announced layoffs, announced earlier this month that it would start paying its full-time employees in September, but also said that its board of trustees would meet on Friday to consider how to pay its students, who will be required to contribute 10 percent of their annual salary to the cost of the university.
Jackson State University in Mississippi, which has a higher student population than UC Berkeley but is also a public institution, has been working on a plan to increase pay for its full time employees in 2018 and 2019.
The administration has been accused of paying off its staff in order to cover up a culture of sexual harassment at the institution, where students accused faculty members of sexual assault and harassed other students.
In response to the crisis, the university on Friday proposed a new pay plan that would increase the amount of time faculty members get paid and would offer a new health care plan to students.
But the proposal would also allow staff to be paid at their regular rate for the next five years.