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UC Santa Barbara one of ten UC campuses hit by a strike

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UC Santa Barbara is one of ten UC campuses hit by a strike.

Nearly 50,000 total employees involved.

A South Coast university is among ten in the state being hit by a strike.

Close to 50,000 workers at the University of California’s campuses walked off the job Monday over their working conditions. UC Santa Barbara is one of the campuses impacted.

The strike involves employees like unionized researchers, postdoctoral scholars, tutors, and teaching assistants. It comes just weeks before finals in December. They're seeking substantial salary and benefits increases, saying they can’t afford to live under the current pay scale.

The UC system has offered a 7% pay increase in the first new year, and 3% in subsequent years. The workers have rejected the offer, leading to the strike.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.