Thursday, January 31, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Update on UC’s bargaining delays and further support for Academic Researchers United
Despite PERB (the California Public Employment Relations Board) verifying that a majority of Academic Researchers have signed authorization cards, UC refused to recognize our union in December. Since then, pressure on UC to recognize our union and come to the bargaining table has increased:

Also, Academic Researchers United and UC representatives met with PERB on January 23. While this meeting did not result in UC agreeing to recognize our union, we did make some progress towards reaching a resolution.

UAW Speaks Out Against Attacks on Discrimination Protections
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed changes that would severely weaken protections against sexual harassment and assault in academia (known as Title IX protections). On behalf of nearly 80,000 higher education employees, the UAW has submitted a public comment expressing strong opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal. This attack on Title IX is just another example of why ARs must negotiate a contract that has strong protections against the impacts of harassment and discrimination.

Your Feedback is Needed on our Bargaining Survey
Thousands of ARs have already filled out the bargaining survey but it’s imperative that we hear from everyone. We feel strongly that it is in the best interest of all ARs to make your voice heard. If you’ve not yet done so, please take five minutes now to fill out the survey!

Lastly, please don’t hesitate to contact us at arunited@academicresearchersunited.org if you have any questions or would like to get more involved.

In solidarity,

Academic Researchers United Organizing Committee

UC Berkeley
Holly Aaron, Specialist
Fred Bauman, Project Scientist
Sadie Costello, Assistant Researcher
Benjamin Croze, Junior Specialist
Mark Delucci, Researcher
Vincent Guacci, Assistant Researcher
Howard Isaacson, Specialist
Bo Liu, Associate Specialist
Benjamin Lynch, Associate Researcher
Karen Orlando, Coordinator of Public Programs
Jessica Penchos, Coordinator of Public Programs
Anatalia Robles, Associate Specialist
Pascal Saint-Hilaire, Assistant Researcher
Kelsie Scruggs, Coordinator of Public Programs
Adam Zeilinger, Associate Specialist

UC Davis
Omran Abu Aboud, Assistant Researcher
Gerard Arino Estrada, Assistant Project Scientist
Leah Hartman, Junior Specialist
Tony Herren, Assistant Project Scientist
Karam Kim, Project Scientist
Sergio Silva, Junior Specialist
Vikrant Singh, Project Scientist

UC Irvine
Andrea Anzalone, Project Scientist
Angelo Demuro, Associate Researcher
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
Jiannis Taxidis, Assistant Project Scientist
Rosane Teles, Assistant Project Scientist
Fen Fen Wu, Associate Project Scientist
Paolo Zimmaro, Assistant Project Scientist
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Assistant Researcher

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
Patrick Callahan, Associate Specialist
Brandon Kuczenski, Researcher
Jean-Charles Stinville, Associate Specialist

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
Rain Bosworth, Associate Researcher
Hugo Carreira, Assistant Project Scientist
Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, Associate Project Scientist
Ching-Wen Chang, Assistant Project Scientist
Mateusz Gola, Assistant Researcher
Leonardo Nogueria, Assistant Researcher
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
Oliver Bogen, Associate Researcher
Luke Bonser, Assistant Researcher
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