Union membership is a vote in favor of a better life.

All the contractual rights UC student-workers have secured in the last 20 years are the direct result of TAs, Tutors, and Readers making the choice to become dues-paying members of UAW 2865. As of February 2023, Student Researchers are now eligible to join UAW 2865, too.

For example, members have won:

  • Tuition remission
  • Health insurance
  • Protection from workplace harassment and discrimination
  • Higher wages
  • Expanded family benefits

There is strength in numbers. Membership builds our collective power to win more rights and benefits. If you want to maintain your rights and fight to expand them, join your union today.

Dues: Union dues are 1.44% of your monthly pay and are deducted automatically. New members also pay a one-time initiation fee of $10. Dues are only deducted when you’re working as a Graduate Student Researcher, TA, Tutor, or Reader—union members pay nothing when they are on first year or dissertation year fellowship, doing work-study jobs, or working outside of the UC system.

Membership Eligibility and Benefits: All University of California graduate students on every campus are eligible for membership in UAW 2865. Undergraduates are eligible to join when working as a TA, Tutor, or Reader. Membership entitles you to vote in union elections, including votes on whether to ratify the contract you work under.