Friday, September 28, 2018

Dear Colleague,

We are very happy to announce that a majority of Academic Researchers have signed union authorization cards and that today Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810 filed a representation petition with the state labor board! This is a huge achievement and means that soon we will have a union and be able to begin collective bargaining with UC administration.

ARs, along with members of UAW Locals 2865 and 5810, delivering the authorization cards to the state labor board!

Next steps: If the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) certifies ARU/UAW (which we fully expect will happen soon), we will begin bargaining with UC. In the coming weeks, every campus will hold discussions about the bargaining process, which begins by electing a bargaining team and collecting feedback through our bargaining survey. You can also learn about the bargaining process here.

Get involved! Getting to this point would not have been possible without the help, participation, and support of thousands of ARs. The need for participation does not end now – if anything, it increases as we prepare for negotiations with UC administration. It remains of critical importance to solicit support and feedback from all ARs so that our success continues moving forward. If you want to learn more or get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Lastly, please do not forget to fill out the bargaining survey if you have not already done so!

In Solidarity,

Academic Researchers United Organizing Committee Members

UC Berkeley
Holly Aaron, Specialist
Fred Bauman, Project Scientist
Diane Bush, Coordinator of Public Programs
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
Karen Orlando, Coordinator of Public Programs
Jessica Penchos, Coordinator of Public Programs
Isabella Rauch, Associate Specialist
Anatalia Robles, Associate Specialist
Kelsie Scruggs, Coordinator of Public Programs
Adam Zeilinger, Associate Specialist

UC Davis
Kelsey Brewer, Assistant Specialist
Karam Kim, Project Scientist
Stefano Morotti, Project Scientist
Jennifer Phipps, Project Scientist
Mily Ron, Associate Specialist
Sergio Silva, Junior Specialist
Vikrant Singh, Project Scientist

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

UCLA
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
Maria Irigoyen, Assistant Project Scientist
Miguel Lopez, Assistant Project Scientist

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

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

UC San Diego
Gianmario Benzoni, Researcher
Rain Bosworth, Associate Researcher
Hugo Carreira, Assistant Project Scientist
Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, Assistant Project Scientist
Ching-Wen Chang, Assistant Project Scientist
Francisco Pina-Nunez, 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
Jocelyne Fadiga, Junior Specialist
Royce Harner, Assistant Specialist
Sahar Houshdaran, Specialist
Maria Luisa Mandelli, Assistant Researcher
Nicole Nasholm, Associate Specialist
Ajay Ravindranathan, Specialist
Maike Roth, Assistant Specialist
Veronica Steri, Associate Specialist
Theo Tarver, Assistant Specialist
Tanner Wakefield, Assistant Specialist