The Bargaining Team met with UC for the 11th bargaining session on October 11 and 12 in Irvine. We had many productive discussions, particularly on wages, paid parental leave and bridge funding, but have yet to see significant change in UC administration’s position. Unfortunately, UC also continues to insist on language that would allow researchers to be laid off for vague and ambiguous reasons like “lack of work” and has still not addressed the need to have effective processes for investigating and resolving cases of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination in a timely fashion.

There is a new section of the ARU website dedicated to educating the public and UC administration about the importance of bridge funding for independent researchers. Please check it out and share! You can also help amplify our message by liking ARU on Facebook and Twitter.

The next bargaining session is from October 22 – 25 in Oakland. The goal for both parties (Academic Researchers United and UC administration) is to reach tentative agreement on the full contract by the end of October. The participation of thousands of ARs has been essential to reaching this point, and we know mass participation will continue to be necessary throughout the weeks ahead in order to win a fair contract. Please contact us if you would like to get involved or if you have any questions.