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Update: Bargaining Session #5 – July 11-12

Monday, July 15, 2019 Dear Colleague, Last Thursday, as bargaining continued at UCSF, around 100 Academic Researchers and Postdocs dropped by UCSD Chancellor Khosla’s office hours to deliver a message that researchers need job security and clear career paths....

Update: Bargaining Session #4 – June 27-28

Monday, July 1, 2019 Dear Colleague, After a great display of Academic Researcher collective action at UC Berkeley on Wednesday, bargaining resumed at UC Riverside on Thursday and Friday. We continued to make progress - reaching tentative agreement on five additional...

ARs rally for a fair contract!

Thursday, June 27, 2019 Dear Colleague, Yesterday, UC Berkeley ARs rallied at UCB’s California Hall to demand that UC Administration negotiate a fair contract now! We were joined in solidarity by our Postdoc and Academic Student Worker colleagues in a display of...

Update: Bargaining Session #3 – June 10-11

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Dear Colleague, Hello from swelteringly hot UC Berkeley! On Monday we passed an economic package proposal that included Promotions and Pay Step Increases, Compensation, Benefits, and Titles and Classifications. In framing these crucial issues,...

Read new op-ed from UC Berkeley Associate Researcher

Monday, June 10, 2019 Dear Colleague, Our fight to win a fair contract that creates sustainable career paths for all ARs continues at UC Berkeley today and tomorrow. In advance of bargaining session #3, Benjamin Lynch, Associate Researcher at the Space Sciences...

Help Stop UCLA from Destroying a Postdoc’s Career

Monday, June 3, 2019 Dear Colleague, Sandra Koch, a Postdoc in neurobiology at UCLA, is facing a horrific case of retaliation in response to a pregnancy discrimination grievance that she filed last year. Will you please take a minute to sign our petition demanding...

UPDATE: Bargaining Session #2 – May 29-30

Friday, May 31, 2019 Dear Colleague, Bargaining session #2 finished yesterday at UC Davis! We met with UC for two days and made four packages of proposals on Equity and Inclusion, Job Security, Professional Development, and Union Rights and Power, as well as initial...

NEW SURVEY: Workplace Equity

Thursday, May 23, 2019 Dear Colleague, Our latest survey is focused on workplace equity. Can you take a few minutes to tell us about your experiences with harassment, bullying and discrimination at UC? Academia’s incidence of harassment (58%) ranks second only...

NEW: Job Security Survey

Thursday, May 16, 2019 Dear Colleague, This week’s survey is focused on Job Security at UC. Would you take a few minutes to fill out the survey now? After our first bargaining session with UC, it’s clear that gathering specifics of AR experiences will be...

UPDATE: Bargaining Session #1

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Dear Colleague, We were excited to start bargaining the first-ever Academic Researcher contract yesterday at UCLA! In the morning our team outlined the issues we aim to improve including a clear path for career advancement, job security...

Bargaining Begins Today

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Dear Colleague, Today, the Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810 bargaining team will meet with the UC bargaining team (UC Office of the President representatives and other campus administrators) for our first day of negotiations on the first...

NEW: Career Advancement Survey

Thursday, May 2, 2019 Dear Colleague, Over the next month we will be sending out a series of micro-surveys on issues of critical importance that we aim to address through contract negotiations. This week’s survey is focused on the career advancement process at...

Update from 1st Meeting with UC’s bargaining team

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Dear Colleague, Bargaining team members prepping for Monday's meeting with UC. Bargaining has (informally) begun! Yesterday we had our first meeting with UC’s bargaining team at UC Office of the President in Oakland. At this informal...

We’ve Reached Majority Support 👊💪🎆

Monday, April 8, 2019 Dear Colleague, Success! We are elated to announce that a majority (2,379!) of Academic Researchers (ARs) have endorsed the Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810 Initial Bargaining Demands! This is a huge and incredibly important accomplishment....

UC Officially Recognizes Our Union

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Dear Colleague, More great news! UC has officially recognized our union! While we expected this in light of UC previously dropping its objections, it is nonetheless another important step in our effort to win better working conditions. Through...

UC Agrees to Drop its Objections to Our Union

Friday, March 22, 2019 Dear Colleague, Victory! We’ve got good news to share - thanks to the hard work of ARs across the state, UC administrators have agreed to drop their objections to the recognition of Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810! This comes after a...

20 Members of Congress Urge UC to Recognize Our Union!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Dear Colleague, Earlier this year, a group of Academic Researchers reached out to our state and congressional leaders to let them know that UC was stalling on recognizing our union. Last week, sixteen members of the California state...

State Legislators Call On UC To Recognize Our Union

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Dear Colleague, More Support for ARU / UAW 5810 from State Legislators Last Friday, thanks to outreach by Academic Researchers (Project Scientists, Researchers, Specialists, and Coordinators of Public Programs) over the past few weeks, state...

Why I Support the Bargaining Demands

Thursday, March 13, 2019 Dear Colleague, My name is Benjamin Lynch and I’m an Associate Research Physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley. I am part of the 25-person Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810 bargaining team and I’m proud that we...

Academic Researcher Initial Bargaining Demands

Monday, March 4, 2019 Dear Colleague, Exciting update! As your elected Academic Researchers United / UAW Local 5810 bargaining team, we are thrilled to make public the Initial Bargaining Demands to improve Academic Researcher -- Researchers, Project Scientists,...

Bargaining Delays Update

Thursday, February 28, 2019 Dear Colleague, Update on UC’s Refusal to Start Bargaining On Monday, Academic Researchers (ARs) and UC representatives held our second meeting with mediators from the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to discuss UC’s...

Update: Support For AR Bargaining Continues To Grow

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Dear Colleague, Update on UC’s bargaining delays and further support for Academic Researchers United Despite PERB (the California Public Employment Relations Board) verifying that a majority of Academic Researchers have signed authorization...

Have You Been Impacted By The Shutdown?

Friday, January 11, 2019 Dear Colleague, Shutdown’s Impact on Research Due to the Trump Administration’s shutdown of the federal government since December 22, NSF, NOAA, USDA, NASA and several other research agencies are currently without funding. Possible impacts...

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 3, 2019 Dear Colleague, Happy New Year and hope you had a fun and relaxing break! In the new year, we look forward to having our union certified and beginning to bargain the first-ever Academic Researcher contract with UC administration. But first,...