SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— Students at a public university in the Bay Area are protesting against a union vote to bar union members at their colleges.
The Oakland-based University of California-Berkeley voted Wednesday to prohibit its employees from unionizing over the weekend after the school district and union members said the move would hurt student-athletes.
The union said that barring students from joining the union would hinder the school’s efforts to make student athletes better, including the education of athletes.
The union also said that by banning union membership, the union’s demands would not go far enough to improve the conditions for students.
The vote on Wednesday, which was announced by a school chancellor, came amid heightened tensions between union and school leaders after a judge in the case of a black student shot by a white police officer in 2015 found the officer justified in using deadly force against the unarmed teenager.
Berkley officials say the union has been active at the school for years and will continue to be.