Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Dear Colleague,

We, the Academic Researchers United/UAW 5810 Bargaining Team, are writing to encourage you to vote “Yes” in the Strike Authorization Vote that begins today.

A strike authorization vote is a process through which Academic Researchers (Project Scientists, Specialists, Professional Researchers, and CPPs) vote to authorize the Bargaining Team to call a strike if circumstances justify. While voting “Yes” does not obligate any individual to strike or mean that a strike will be called, doing so will send a strong message that ARs are united in seeking fair, respectful treatment at UC.

We urge you to vote “Yes” to provide us the authority to call a strike if UC’s conduct justifies such action.

ARU Bargaining Team members at the first bargaining session in May at UCLA.

From our perspective, UC has engaged in stall tactics—including:

  • Withholding our July 1 pay increases;
  • Not providing information we have requested that is necessary and relevant to bargaining.

Such conduct prevents progress on issues that are critically important to all Academic Researchers, and is disrespectful of all our contributions to UC. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Strike Authorization Vote here.

We need to tell UC that we are prepared to take action in the event of bad faith bargaining. Please vote now.

Thank you for your support!

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
Mateusz Gola, Associate Researcher, UC San Diego
Royce Harner, Assistant Specialist, UC San Francisco
Christian Hofmann, Assistant Project Scientist, UCLA
Benjamin Lynch, Associate Researcher, UC Berkeley
Siyan Ma, Associate Specialist, UC Berkeley
Manash Paul, Project Scientist, 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