About UAW 2865

UAW Local 2865 is the union for 19,000+ Tutors, Readers, Graduate Student Instructors and Teaching Assistants at the University of California. All graduate students are eligible to join the union, and so are all undergraduates working as Tutors, Readers and UGSIs/TAs.



greater wage increase than non-unionized student-workers at UC

>$8 Million

in back-pay damages and misclassification settlements since the 2018 contract


workplace issues resolved through contract enforcement, including pay issues, issues of harassment and discrimination, and appointment security 


  • Negotiate and enforce the contracts with the university that protect Academic Student Employees.
  • Organize to defend public education. For example, action taken by UAW 2865 members was key to reversing the Trump administration’s proposed tax on graduate student fee remissions.
  • Build community and create solidarity. As Audre Lorde writes, “Without community, there is no liberation.” UAW 2865 sees itself as part of a broader movement for justice, understanding that an injury to one is truly an injury to all.



University of California and UAW 2865 membership agree to our first contract after decades of student workers fighting for a union and better working conditions.


Despite an anti-union Supreme Court decision (Janus), UAW 2865 grows majority membership statewide and wins a new contract with new rights in several areas.


ASEs begin bargaining a new contract that builds off the gains of 2018. What we can win depends on you! Join UAW 2865 and help win a strong contract for ASEs.