Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Earlier this year, a group of Academic Researchers reached out to our state and congressional leaders to let them know that UC was stalling on recognizing our union. Last week, sixteen members of the California state legislature asked UC to move forward, recognize our union and bargain a fair contract. And yesterday, thanks to collective action, twenty members of Congress led by Representative Katie Porter joined them and told UC that these delays have gone on long enough.

Their letter to UC President Janet Napolitano reads: “We respectfully urge you to ensure that the democratic rights of thousands of UC employees who signed union cards are respected on a reasonable timeline.” You can read the full text of the letters, and see the signatures of all twenty members of Congress, here.

This is an important step forward in our effort to secure recognition for our union. Standing together, we asked our elected leaders to ensure our rights are respected – and they are doing just that.

Thank you for everything you are doing to make our union strong. We will keep you posted on the University’s response.

Have you endorsed our initial bargaining demands yet?
Approximately 2,000 Academic Researchers have already endorsed our initial bargaining demands! If you have not taken the time to read and add your name, we strongly encourage you to do so to keep up our momentum to win union recognition and a fair contract.

In Solidarity,

Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810 Organizing Committee Members:

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, Asst. 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
Fenfen Wu, Associate Project Scientist
Paolo Zimmaro, Assistant Project Scientist
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Assistant Researcher

UC Merced
David Quint, Associate Project Scientist
Mourad Sadqi, Assistant Project Scientist
Liying Zhao, Associate 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
Maria Alcaide Gavilan, Associate Project Scientist
Sergio Covarrubias, Associate Specialist
Patrick Drake, Specialist
Stefani Giacopazzi, Junior Specialist
Rafael Lucena Hernandez, Associate Project Scientist
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, 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
Pedro Alvarez Munoz, Associate Researcher
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