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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,...

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...