Wednesday, July 25, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Bargaining continued this week at UC Irvine! We made progress by reaching tentative agreements on Health and Safety, and Time and Effort Commitment (an article that primarily deals with a small fraction of ARs who are paid hourly). We also made counter-proposals on Union Access and Rights, and Union Security.

ARU / UAW 5810 Bargaining Team members prepare for Monday’s bargaining session.

After waiting almost two months for a response to our proposal on Abusive Conduct and Micro-aggressions – which would help protect ARs from bullying and other abusive behaviors – UC announced Tuesday that it did not plan to respond and claimed that there are already policies and procedures in place to deal with these situations. The Bargaining Team rejects UC’s position. Many ARs have reported experiences contrary to this assessment and we will continue the fight to ensure that ARs have effective mechanisms for preventing and remedying bullying and abusive behavior.

UC also made their first proposal on an article for the Project Scientist title series, which essentially codified existing policies and failed to address any of the longstanding problems with fair and transparent career advancement or job security. This is consistent with UC administration’s troubling stance that “everything is fine and no improvements are needed.” We are working on counters to UC’s initial proposal.

UC has also not provided any counter-proposal on Compensation, despite its illegal denial of July 1 pay-scale adjustments to 4800 Academic Researchers.

The next bargaining session will be August 1 – 2 at UCLA. For the latest info, check out the bargaining section of the website, as well as ARU / UAW 5810 Twitter and Facebook. Please don’t hesitate to 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, 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, Associate 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