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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,...

Update: UC attempts to delay bargaining

Dear Colleague, We’re writing to share some important updates about forming our union, Academic Researchers United. UC administration files objections to forming our union In mid-November, California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) announced that a majority...

Majority Support Is Official!

Monday, November 26, 2018 Dear Colleague, Good news! California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has finished counting authorization cards and concluded that our union, Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810, officially has majority support. This marks...

Bargaining Committee Nomination Extension

Thursday, November 15, 2018 Dear Colleague, We're excited about all 18 of our new bargaining team members. In order to increase representation from all UC campuses, we have decided to extend the deadline to join the bargaining team to Tuesday, November 20th at 7:00...

Call for bargaining team nominations!

Monday, November 5, 2018 Dear Colleague, As we eagerly await news from the state labor board about our union’s certification, we continue to prepare for bargaining with UC administration. We are writing with a few important updates for today: Bargaining team...

Researcher Bargaining Overview meetings in October

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Dear Colleague, On Friday, Academic Researchers United filed with majority support to form a union of Academic Researchers at UC. This means that we will soon begin collective bargaining with the UC administration, and we encourage everyone to...

Today we filed to form our union

Friday, September 28, 2018 Dear Colleague, We are very happy to announce that a majority of Academic Researchers have signed union authorization cards and that today Academic Researchers United / UAW 5810 filed a representation petition with the state labor board!...

Let’s form our union

Thursday, September 13th, 2018 Dear Colleague, My name is Brandon Kuczenski, I’m an Associate Researcher in industrial ecology at UCSB. I’m one of thousands that are in support of forming a union of Researchers, Specialists and Project Scientists at UC, so that...

Take Action to Form a Researcher Union

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 Dear Colleague, I’m a Junior Specialist and lab manager researching plant genetics at UC Davis. I’m writing to thank the thousands of Project Scientists, Specialists, and Researchers who have already signed union authorization cards, and...

Why we must form a researcher union

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 Dear Colleague, My name is Christina Priest and I am a Project Scientist researching molecular mechanisms of metabolism at UCLA. I am also one of many researchers that have been working to form a union of Academic Researchers (ARs) so...

Please fill out Researcher Union bargaining survey

Thursday, August 30th, 2018 Dear Colleague, We are Academic Researchers (Specialists, Project Scientists and Professional Researchers) working to form a union at UC. Our goal is to have a stronger voice with the UC administration, enabling us to improve working...

Researcher Union asking for your support

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 Dear Colleague, We are Academic Researchers (Specialists, Project Scientists and Professional Researchers) working to form a union at UC. Fundamentally, our goal is to have a stronger voice with the UC administration enabling us to improve...

Urgent action needed to reach majority

Monday, August 14th, 2018 Dear Colleague, SF ARs and Postdocs gather for a union picnic We are within reach of majority support for forming our union of Academic Researchers, but we need your help to get over the top! Right now, our greatest challenge is identifying...

Sign Petition: Oppose Attacks on Chinese Student Visas

Monday, July 2nd, 2018 Dear Colleague, As we continue to make progress towards forming our union, Academic Researchers United (ARU), we feel it is also important to continuously advocate for the entire research community. That is why, along with the Postdoc Union (UAW...

Improving Research Careers Forum: Video + Slides INSIDE

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 Dear Colleague, At the end of last month, UC Academic Researchers and Postdocs hosted a forum with Gary McDowell, the Executive Director of Future of Research, on creating viable and sustainable career paths for scientists. In case you missed...

Forum on improving research careers – live on Facebook 5/31

Thursday, May 24, 2018 Dear Colleague, What are the issues facing researchers, and how can we work together to fix them? On May 31, join Academic Researchers United and the Postdoc Union for “Organizing the Future of Research”, an event about improving research...

Academic Employees are forming unions across the country

Friday, May 18, 2018 Dear Colleague, While we continue to make progress towards forming a union of our own, we’re very happy to share that last Friday a majority of all Postdocs at the University of Washington voted in favor of unionization by a margin of 590-70! Over...

Academic Researchers United: Questions and Answers

Friday, April 13th, 2018 Dear Colleague, Over the past several months, a number of Academic Researchers (ARs) have asked questions about the bargaining or unionization process, and what being a unionized academic employee actually means. Answers to these frequently...

READ: Academic Researcher Testimonials

UCLA researchers gathered for a joint AR and Postdoc coffee hour UCB and LBL ARs and Postdocs celebrated Valentines Day with cookies Monday, April 2nd, 2018 Dear Colleague, We just wanted to highlight some interesting projects and activities that we are working on as...

UC researchers meet with Congress

UAW 5810 members Anke, Charisse, and Carly at the UAW CAP Political conference in Washington DC Carly and members of UAW 4123 (Academic Student Employees at CSU) met with Representative Alan Lowenthal Charisse and fellow UAW union members had a great conversation...