Nearly 48,000 unionized academic workers on all 10 University of California campuses went on strike Monday

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These workers are demanding better childcare benefits, and more job security, along with higher wages and more annual raises

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Most of these employees do teaching and research

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Nearly 48,000 union workers walked off the job at UCLA and nine other UC campuses across the state

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Demonstrators were also out in force at UC campuses in Santa Cruz, Merced, Santa Barbara, and Irvine

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The students and staff involved are represented by United Auto Workers

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Union officials say some workers make as little as $24,000 a year

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Union officials said that this strike is the biggest strike in the history of any educational institution

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More than two-thirds of the employee's income goes to rent

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Union workers demand base salary of $54,000

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