Friday, July 19, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Earlier today, over 100 UCSF ARs and Postdocs rallied outside Genentech Hall to deliver the message that improving the quality of UC research requires improving the quality of life for those who do the research!

UCSF ARs and Postdocs at the conclusion of the rally.

At the rally, UCSF Assistant Specialist and ARU Bargaining Team member Maike Roth spoke about the need for UC to quickly address the challenges that AR’s face, pointing out that “UC already created a 6 month delay in winning recognition for our union. Justice delayed is justice denied.” And UCSF Professional Researcher Luke Bonser discussed the need to retain high quality researchers at UC, and that this can be accomplished in part by providing a clear promotion process, job security, and family friendly benefits for all ARs.

A representative from State Senator Scott Wiener’s office also joined the rally. Senator Wiener had previously signed on to a letter sent in April asking for swift recognition of our union and we are grateful to have his continued support. The rally also comes on the heels of SF ARs meeting on Tuesday with UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein to discuss the necessity of providing sustainable career paths for all ARs. 

UCSF Assistant Specialist and Bargaining Team member Maike Roth speaks to the crowd.

ARs ability to win a strong contract is wholly dependent on our willingness to continue to engage in mass collective action, as we did today at UCSF, last week at UCSD, and last month at UC Berkeley. As your ARU / UAW 5810 Bargaining Team, we will build on this momentum as negotiations continue on Monday and Tuesday at UC Irvine. If you’ve not yet gotten involved in the ARU / UAW 5810 bargaining effort, we urge you to reach out today!

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