Monday, August 5, 2019

Dear Colleague,

Last Thursday and Friday, we had our seventh bargaining session at UCLA. We exchanged proposals on Nondiscrimination, Leaves of Absence, Layoff, Reduction in Time and Non-reappointment, Management and Academic Rights, Grievance and Arbitration Procedures, Waiver, and Union Access and Rights, however, we did not reach tentative agreement on any article. We did see positive movement from UC administration on Nondiscrimination, specifically with regard to providing interim measures that will allow survivors to continue to pursue their research while an investigation is ongoing.

ARU/UAW 5810 Bargaining Team Members getting fired up for the afternoon session on Thursday.

Very troubling was the University’s counter-proposal on Leaves of Absence, which included no paid parental leave. UC’s team explained that paid leave is not necessary as “ARs already accrue sick days and vacation days.” This is unacceptable — tens of thousands of our colleagues (UC Postdocs, Academic Student Employees and faculty) already have paid parental leave, which promotes gender equity in academia.

Additionally, after nearly a year of delays since we filed to form a union, UC has still not made a counter-proposal on Compensation while continuing to withhold July 1 pay-scale adjustments. We must continue to keep up the pressure on UC — both at and away from the bargaining table — to negotiate a fair contract. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to help!

The next bargaining session will be August 12-13 at UC San Diego. 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