Friday, May 31, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Bargaining session #2 finished yesterday at UC Davis! We met with UC for two days and made four packages of proposals on Equity and Inclusion, Job Security, Professional Development, and Union Rights and Power, as well as initial proposals on Visa and Immigration and Travel Reimbursement – 18 proposals in total. All of these proposals seek to improve UC researcher working conditions by making AR careers less precarious, more inclusive, and better supported.

UC administration has not responded substantively to the vast majority of our proposals, and where they have, their response has been counterproductive or even potentially dangerous. Their health and safety proposal, for example, would weaken health and safety protections as compared to the Postdoc contract. Of course this is unacceptable. However, we did make progress by reaching tentative agreements on Reasonable Accommodation, Work-Incurred Injury or Illness, Holidays, and Recognition. The next bargaining session is scheduled for June 10 – 11 at UC Berkeley. You can read all of our and UC’s proposals here.

Bargaining team briefing Davis ARs on the day’s negotiations.

On a related note, we received fantastic news during bargaining that UW Postdocs United / UAW 4121, the Union of Postdocs at the University of Washington, reached a tentative agreement on their first ever union contract! This was a hard-fought victory and a massive win for Postdocs at UW and all academic employee unions across the country!

Please take a moment to fill out our Career Advancement, Job Security and Workplace Equity surveys. The surveys really strengthen our position at the bargaining table and help us better understand your needs, so we want to hear from you! Lastly, feel welcome to email us if you have any questions or would like to get involved!

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