Friday, March 22, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Victory!
We’ve got good news to share – thanks to the hard work of ARs across the state, UC administrators have agreed to drop their objections to the recognition of Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810! This comes after a series of collective actions by Academic Researchers (ARs) and outreach to state and Congressional elected officials, culminating Wednesday in a letter to UC President Napolitano signed by 20 members of Congress from across California.

Under the recognition agreement, all four AR title series – Project Scientist, Specialist, Professional Researcher, and Coordinator of Public Programs, will be included in the union. This is a big win as UC had previously attempted to exclude several title series. Additionally, individuals who were erroneously placed into visiting job titles will be transferred into non-visiting Academic Researcher job titles. These individuals were performing work for UC and were on UC payroll, but because they were placed in the wrong job title often did not receive benefits. You can read the full agreement on our website here.

What Comes Next
Now that UC has withdrawn its objections, the path is clear for the Public Employment Relations Board to certify our union so that we can begin bargaining. We expect this to occur within days and do not anticipate any additional obstacles.

On the heels of this victory, it’s imperative that we keep up this momentum by ensuring a majority of all Academic Researchers endorse our Initial Bargaining Demands to demonstrate that we are committed to winning significant improvements to our working conditions. If you’ve not yet read and added your name to the demands, would you do so now?

Want to get involved?
As our bargaining team begins to plan for our first bargaining sessions, it’s more important than ever that more folks get involved. Mass mobilization, sharing ideas, and providing feedback are all crucial to developing great proposals and winning the best possible contract. Please don’t hesitate to email us if you would like to help out, or if you have any questions!

Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810

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