Notice of Strike Vote and Resources for Students

May 16, 2024

Dear Bruin Students:

The last several weeks have been among the most challenging our Bruin community has faced. We deeply appreciate your patience and want you to know that UCLA is doing all we can to support you through the remainder of your quarter.

We are writing to let you know that academic appointees across the UC system associated with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union — including postdoctoral scholars, academic researchers, academic student employees (ASEs) and graduate student researchers (GSRs) — voted on May 15, 2024 to authorize its executive board to call for a strike. During a potential strike, those participating might cease aspects of their work including teaching, grading assignments, tutoring, conducting research, administering programs and carrying out other duties.

The UAW states that this strike can take place due to alleged unfair labor practices connected to ongoing campus protests. The UC’s position is that it is an unlawful strike that would violate the terms of the collective bargaining agreements between the two parties, which include no-strike provisions.

It is important that UCLA maintain academic operations during a strike. We have provided faculty and instructors information and resources about how to maintain academic continuity. Please note that if instructors are not present 15 minutes after their classes’ scheduled start times, those classes will be considered canceled. Students do not need to notify UCLA if your class was canceled.

On-campus demonstrations related to this strike may take place in the coming days or weeks. Individuals are entitled to perform legally protected strike activities during non-work time, including picketing, near the exterior of campus property and campus entrances. Strike conduct that is unlawful includes, but is not limited to, blocking vehicles and/or persons from entering or leaving a property/facility/building; interfering with meetings, classes, research or other activities that are part of regular campus operational activities; threatening violence; vandalizing/defacing university property; and physical attacks.

We recognize a strike could have a significant impact on our students, and we are doing all we can to mitigate major disruptions to your academic experience. We encourage you to take advantage of UCLA’s resources for mental health and well-being through Counseling & Psychological Services, the RISE Center and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

We greatly appreciate your flexibility in these challenging circumstances.


Darnell Hunt
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Monroe Gorden, Jr.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Adriana Galván
Dean of Undergraduate Education

Susan L. Ettner
Dean of Graduate Education