Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Dear Colleague,

I’m a Junior Specialist and lab manager researching plant genetics at UC Davis. I’m writing to thank the thousands of Project Scientists, Specialists, and Researchers who have already signed union authorization cards, and to ask anyone who hasn’t yet signed to reply to this email so we can get a card to you.

As a Junior Specialist, I am just beginning my career in science and I want a union to help make our career paths sustainable. Too many researchers leave UC because of uncertain opportunities for advancement, low compensation, lack of job security, or even bullying and harassment. The University should facilitate a clear pathway for Academic Researchers to build long-term careers, but support for AR positions is often ignored by UC administration.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our bargaining survey. This will be invaluable in determining our priorities once we start bargaining. Thank you for making your voice heard and for helping to make UC a better place for all researchers. If you or a colleague needs an authorization card to sign, simply reply to this email!

Sincerely,

Sergio Silva

PS: There is more info including Frequently Asked Questions and an AR Working Conditions Comparison chart at our website