Monday, July 15, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Last Thursday, as bargaining continued at UCSF, around 100 Academic Researchers and Postdocs dropped by UCSD Chancellor Khosla’s office hours to deliver a message that researchers need job security and clear career paths. Chancellor Khosla stepped out to meet with the delegation and discussed many of the objectives we have at the bargaining table and challenges to AR careers. He was surprised to learn that ARs don’t have paid parental leave.

UCSD ARs and Postdocs marching to their Chancellor’s Office last Thursday.

Meanwhile, in bargaining, we exchanged proposals on Health and Safety, Grievance and Arbitration, Appointments, Management and Academic Rights, Time and Effort Commitment, Union Access and Rights, Union Security, Waiver, and Past Practices. Although there was progress in a number of areas, we did not reach any tentative agreements.

On Non-Discrimination, UC still refuses to agree to the same strong protections against sexual harassment and discrimination that are currently in place for Postdocs. Under UC’s proposal, investigations could drag on indefinitely and there are no guaranteed protections for harassment survivors who report, such as interim measures. Both of these would discourage reporting and are unacceptable.

We also asked UC for a response to our proposal on Compensation that we passed over a month ago on June 10. UC said they did not have a response but that they would “talk about it”. We also reiterated that UC’s refusal to provide a July 1 salary increases to ARs in our bargaining unit violates California labor law.

ARs meeting with Chancellor Khosla to discuss why sustainable careers will produce better research.

The next bargaining session will be July 22 – 23 at UC Irvine. Check out all the bargaining updates, proposals, Op-eds, and other info in the bargaining section of the ARU / UAW 5810 website, and please reach out if you have any questions!

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