Due to COVID-19 our working conditions are changing rapidly – here are the latest updates. If you have any questions about your rights and protections, contact your union at uaw5810@uaw5810.org and we are continually updating the Postdoc/AR COVID-19 Guide, which includes general and campus-specific information.

Shelter-in-place in all of California
As of last Thursday (March 19) night, a shelter-in-place order now covers everyone in California. This basically means that everyone should stay at home as much as possible, with exceptions such as to go for walks, shop for groceries, or to go to work if you’re an essential employee.

Remote Work and Lab/Campus Closure
All UC campuses have now created directives ordering labs to strictly limit on-campus research work and to identify employees necessary to carry out essential functions such as ensuring maintenance of research material, animals and plants that are perishable or not easily replaced. Contact us if you have questions or concerns about remote work, essential functions, or if you feel pressure to come to campus and you do not feel safe doing so.

If you were asked to sign a temporary remote work agreement
Some UC campuses are asking employees to sign remote work agreements. We are concerned that these may violate the Postdoc and AR contracts and that they include provisions that do not make sense during a pandemic. If you are asked to sign a remote work agreement:

Taxes – Federal and State tax deadlines have been extended
The deadline for Federal and California state tax filing and payments have been extended to July 15.

Parking and Housing
For employees who are required to go to campus, multiple campuses (UCSF, UCB, UCD, UCSD) have canceled parking enforcement. Some campuses have relaxed rules to move out of campus housing. Check the resources document for information about campus conditions and if there are updates, email us and we will add them.

Membership meetings
All our membership meetings, steward and organizing meetings, and info-sessions are now using videoconferencing. These are a great way to connect with other Postdocs and ARs and participate in our union. Check your email for information about upcoming meetings at your campus!