Monday, June 3, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Sandra Koch, a Postdoc in neurobiology at UCLA, is facing a horrific case of retaliation in response to a pregnancy discrimination grievance that she filed last year. Will you please take a minute to sign our petition demanding that UCLA immediately stop this arbitrary and cruel action?

In the spring of 2017, Sandra informed her then-PI that she was pregnant and was told that she needed to leave the lab. Sandra worked with the Postdoc Union to negotiate a settlement that included switching labs to continue her research at UCLA. Sandra has fellowship funding and the support of her new PI, but UCLA Human Resources is now refusing to renew her appointment on July 1 in retaliation for daring to raise discrimination.

Sandra needs the help of the whole UC academic community to pressure UCLA to do the right thing. Please support Sandra by signing the petition today, and sharing our Tweet and Facebook post with #SaveSandra. And please reply to this email if you would like to join further actions to support Sandra.

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
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
Sandipan Datta, Assistant Project Scientist
Leah Hartman, Junior Specialist
Tony Herren, Assistant Project Scientist
Karam Kim, Project Scientist
Mily Ron, Associate Specialist
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
Christian Hofmann, Assistant Project Scientist
Manash Paul, Assistant Researcher
Christina Priest, 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