Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Dear Colleague,

We are Academic Researchers (Specialists, Project Scientists and Professional Researchers) working to form a union at UC. Fundamentally, our goal is to have a stronger voice with the UC administration enabling us to improve working conditions and increase support for research.

In order to move forward with these efforts, we require signatures from a majority of ARs. Thousands of ARs have already signed a card endorsing these efforts, but we are not there yet. If you have not signed a support card, or if you are aware of someone who may be interested but has not yet signed, can you take a moment to email us now?

If you would like more details about why it is so important that we form a union of Academic Researchers (ARs), we urge you to check out our website, which has a bargaining fact sheet, Frequently Asked Questions, an AR working conditions comparison chart, and individual testimonials from ARs on why they feel that forming a union is so important. Additionally, we encourage all researchers to ask questions and provide feedback at so that all of us are fully informed.

The unionization process functions essentially like a majority vote–if you have a current appointment in these titles, your support counts toward (or against) the majority that we need to move forward. There are no other obligations: Importantly, signing a card does not mean joining the union, you are simply voting to support the formation of a union and to begin bargaining.

If you are willing to help in this effort either by filling out a support card if you have not yet done so, or by letting us know of peers who have not yet filled out a card, please email us now.


Academic Researchers United Organizing Committee Members

UC Berkeley
Holly Aaron, Specialist
Fred Bauman, Project Scientist
Sadie Costello, Assistant Researcher
Benjamin Croze, Junior Specialist
Vincent Guacci, Assistant Researcher
Howard Isaacson, Specialist
Bo Liu, Associate Specialist
Sa Liu, Associate Researcher
Benjamin Lynch, Associate Researcher
Isabella Rauch, Associate Specialist
Anatalia Robles, Associate Specialist
Adam Zeilinger, Associate Specialist

UC Davis
Kelsey Brewer, Assistant Specialist
Karam Kim, Project Scientist
Jennifer Phipps, Project Scientist
Sergio Silva, Junior Specialist
Vikrant Singh, Project Scientist

UC Irvine
Andrea Anzalone, Project Scientist
Guaciara M. dos Santos, Project Scientist
Christopher Ma, Associate Specialist
Rongwei Mao, Associate Specialist
Kishore Pangaluru, Assistant Project Scientist
Amanda Wortman, Specialist

Silvia Diaz-Perez, Associate Project Scientist
Stephen Hancock, Assistant Project Scientist
Christian Hofmann, Assistant Project Scientist
Laura Marinelli, Assistant Researcher
Dennis Montoya, Assistant Researcher
Manash Paul, Assistant Project Scientist
Christina Priest, Assistant Project Scientist
Anna Salazar, Assistant Project Scientist
Rosane Teles, Assistant Project Scientist
Paolo Zimmaro, Assistant Project Scientist

UC Merced
David Quint, Associate Project Scientist
Arianna Campiani, Associate Specialist
Mourad Sadqi, Assistant Project Scientist

UC Riverside
Ahmed Farouk Abdalla, Assistant Project Scientist

UC Santa Barbara
Heda Agic, Visiting Researcher
Evangeline Ballerini, Associate Specialist
Andrew Csordas, Project Scientist
Brandon Kuczenski, Researcher

UC Santa Cruz
Sergio Covarrubias, Associate Specialist
Paul Mattern, Assistant Researcher
Lisa Schwarz, Assistant Researcher
Stella Villegas, Assistant Project Scientist

UC San Diego
Rain Bosworth, Associate Researcher
Hugo Carreira, Assistant Project Scientist
Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, Assistant Project Scientist
Ching-Wen Chang, Assistant Project Scientist
Sonia Podvin, Assistant Project Scientist
“Rina” Catherina Salanga, Assistant Project Scientist
Francesca Soncin, Assistant Project Scientist
Thomas Touboul, Assistant Project Scientist
Jonathan Yu, Associate Project Scientist
Chun Zheng, Assistant Project Scientist

UC San Francisco
Luke Bonser, Assistant Researcher
Jesse Elias, Assistant Specialist
Sahar Houshdaran, Specialist
Maria Luisa Mandelli, Assistant Researcher
Mary McMahon, Associate Specialist
Nicole Nasholm, Associate Specialist
Ajay Ravindranathan, Specialist
Veronica Steri, Associate Specialist
Cassandra Van, Assistant Specialist
Tanner Wakefield, Assistant Specialist