Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Hello from swelteringly hot UC Berkeley! On Monday we passed an economic package proposal that included Promotions and Pay Step Increases, Compensation, Benefits, and Titles and Classifications. In framing these crucial issues, we spoke about the numerous problems ARs encounter with UC’s current merit increase and promotion process as identified through our promotion and appointments survey, and how pay for ARs at UC lags behind other similar institutions.

Yesterday, the ARU / UAW 5810 bargaining team and fellow UC Berkeley ARs met for an in-person bargaining update.

We proposed improvements to merit increases and promotions that would make the system more fair, timely, and transparent, and for compensation, we proposed a framework to make AR salaries competitive with UC’s peer institutions. These proposals are critical in creating viable and sustainable career paths for all ARs, as described in bargaining team member Ben Lynch’s op-ed, which you can read here.

Bargaining team members prepare to return to the bargaining room.

We reached tentative agreement with UC on two articles: Corrective Action and Dismissal, which will protect all ARs from unjust discipline or termination, and Personnel Files, which enshrines our rights to access all University files pertaining to our employment. This brings our total number of agreed-upon articles to eight – a sizeable number for only three bargaining sessions. You can read all proposals for ARU / UAW 5810 and UC here. Our next bargaining session will be June 27-28 at UC Riverside.

UW Postdocs United / UAW 4121 Have Ratified Their New Contract!
University of Washington Postdocs have ratified their first-ever union contact with 97% voting yes, and over 70% of all UW Postdocs participating in the vote! We are thrilled for our colleagues up north, and aim to use this massive victory as fuel for similarly successful negotiations with UC.

Make Your Voice Heard
Please fill out our Equity, Job Security and Career Advancement surveys. These surveys are truly helpful in strengthening our position at the bargaining table! Finally, don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions and/or would like to get more involved.

In solidarity,

Academic Researchers United / UAW 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
Siyan Ma, Associate Specialist, UC Berkeley
Manash Paul, Assistant Researcher, UCLA
Christina Priest, Assistant Project Scientist, UCLA
David Quint, Associate Project Scientist, UC Merced
Michael Rich, Researcher, UCLA
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