The University of California employs about 18,037 academic student employees. These academic student employees, who are primarily graduate students, provide vital services as teaching assistants, readers and tutors in support of faculty and lecturers. They play an important role in helping to fulfill the university's instructional mission.

The unit includes academic student employees at all campuses except UCSF, and is represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW).

Currently, there are no active negotiations taking place for this bargaining unit. The current contract is in effect through May 31, 2025 and will be posted to the bargaining unit contract web page soon. Negotiations for the next contract will begin before the current contract expires.