Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dear Colleague,

We were excited to start bargaining the first-ever Academic Researcher contract yesterday at UCLA! In the morning our team outlined the issues we aim to improve including a clear path for career advancement, job security protections, equity and inclusion policies, support for independent researchers, and fair pay and benefits. It was a powerful presentation that emphasized why, as bargaining team member Jocelyne Fadiga wrote earlier this week, we believe that addressing these issues will drastically improve the quality of research at UC.

ARU / UAW 5810 bargaining team members during the afternoon caucus.

In the afternoon, we delivered a package of seventeen proposals, including Nondiscrimination, Health and Safety, Personnel Files, Reasonable Accommodation, Work Authorization, Work-Incurred Injury and Illness, and several others. UC’s representatives did not offer many substative responses, except to say that ARs should not have the same type of protections against sexual harassment and discrimination won by Postdocs. We were shocked and surprised by this. We did reach tentative agreements on two proposals (Severability and Labor Management Meetings), which is a good start.

You can read all the proposals from today’s session here and more information about bargaining here. We will be bargaining next at UC Davis on May 29-30. Please fill out our career advancement survey, and if you have any questions about bargaining or would like to get more involved, please email

In solidarity,

Academic Researchers United / UAW Local 5810 Bargaining Team
Andrea Anzalone, Project Scientist, UC Irvine
Gerard Ariño Estrada, Assistant Project Scientist, UC Davis
Angelo Demuro, Associate Researcher, UC Irvine
Silvia Diaz-Perez, Associate Project Scientist, UCLA
Patrick Drake, Specialist, UC Santa Cruz
Jocelyne Fadiga, Junior Specialist, UC San Francisco
Mateusz Gola, Assistant Researcher, UC San Diego
Royce Harner, Assistant Specialist, UC San Francisco
Leah Hartman, Junior Specialist, UC Davis
Christian Hofmann, Assistant Project Scientist, UCLA
Benjamin Lynch, Associate Researcher, UC Berkeley
Christopher Ma, Associate Specialist, UC Irvine
Siyan Ma, Associate Specialist, UC Berkeley
Manash Paul, Assistant Researcher, UCLA
Christina Priest, Assistant Project Scientist, UCLA
David Quint, Associate Project Scientist, UC Merced
Maike Roth, Assistant Specialist, UC San Francisco
Pascal Saint-Hilaire, Assistant Researcher, UC Berkeley
Lisa Schwarz, Assistant Researcher, UC Santa Cruz
Margaret Soucheray, Associate Specialist, UC San Francisco
Theo Tarver, Assistant Specialist, UC San Francisco
Fenfen Wu, Associate Project Scientist, UCLA