Monday, April 8, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Success!
We are elated to announce that a majority (2,379!) of Academic Researchers (ARs) have endorsed the Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810 Initial Bargaining Demands! This is a huge and incredibly important accomplishment. Achieving majority support for these demands so quickly is a strong signal to UC Administration that ARs are committed to winning a contract that fairly values Academic Researcher labor.

Meeting with Elected Officials
Political support for our union continues to grow! Last week, UCLA ARs met with Congressman Adam Schiff’s office and UC San Francisco ARs met with Congresswoman Jackie Speier to discuss our upcoming contract negotiations. And ARs have a number of additional meetings with other electeds in the coming weeks as we build strength in advance of bargaining.

News Coverage of ARU / UAW 5810
Some nice stories on our union in the press last week. STAT News had a great piece on why ARs have formed a union and what comes next in the process. And Inside Higher Ed published a short piece on our victory in pushing to UC to drop its objections to our union. Check our Twitter and Facebook to like and share these articles and get the latest updates!

Get Involved!
Our first formal bargaining session with UC is expected for mid-May, and hundreds of ARs have been contributing to efforts to prepare. If you want to help, or are just interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact us.

It’s also still not too late to endorse the initial bargaining demands (more endorsements make us stronger), or even to provide further feedback through our bargaining survey.

In solidarity,

Academic Researchers United / UAW Local 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
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 Ariño 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
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