We have made significant progress through bargaining with UC over the impacts of COVID-19. Click here for a chart showing the wins and current status of our union’s bargaining demands, and read on for recent updates on paid leave, job protections, and visas.

COVID-19 Paid Leave Options
UC has instituted several paid leave options if you are unable to work or telework, and these types of leave may be used in combination. Different provisions apply to LBL, see here for details.

  1. UC Expanded Administrative Leave: 16 days (128 hours) paid at 100%
    • May be taken March 1 – December 31, 2020
    • Can be used for several reasons including illness, during shelter-in-place orders, and for school closure/child care unavailable
    • Can be taken in 1-day increments
  2. FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave: 10 days (80 hours) paid at 100%
    • May be taken April 1 – December 31, 2020
    • Must be taken in a two-week block
    • Can be taken due to illness, isolation or quarantine order, or for school closure/child care unavailable
  3. FFCRA Expanded Family and Medical Leave: up to 10 weeks paid at 100%
    • May be taken April 1 – December 31, 2020
    • Must be taken in a two-week block
    • Can be taken due to school closure/childcare unavailable

Job and Pay Protections Through June 30
We have heard from many Postdocs and ARs who are concerned about their jobs during this uncertain time. UC has agreed that no AR or Postdoc will have their appointment ended early (via a layoff) or their salary or benefits reduced due to COVID-19 through at least June 30. This commitment includes anyone who has been instructed not to report to campus or is following a stay-at-home order, whose standard work duties cannot be performed remotely, and who is able to work. If you are able to work and are not deemed essential, your supervisor should be assigning you remote work, or you may be reassigned. See here and here for more information from UC, and we are continuing to push to extend these protections past June 30.

Delays on Visa Renewals
Last week we also continued discussions with the UC on visa renewal and processing. UC said they are coordinating with other academic institutions to compel a change in federal policy to issue visas faster. While J-1 visa holders whose programs will end through May 31 have been granted two-month extensions, our union is focused on mitigating the impacts for researchers on all visas, including J-1, H-1B, F-1/OPT, TN, and others. We are in the process of contacting members of Congress to advocate for immediate resumption of premium processing and other measures. Email uaw5810@uaw5810.org if you are interested in helping with these efforts.

Support Your Union as a Member!
These wins are possible because Postdocs and ARs support the union as members. If you have not yet joined, please help keep your union strong by clicking here to support as a member.

We are going to meet again with UC next Thursday. If you have any questions, issues, or concerns about COVID-19 (or another other topic) don’t hesitate to contact your union at uaw5810@uaw5810.org and you can click here for our COVID-19 Resources page for Postdocs and ARs.

In solidarity,

Postdoc Bargaining Team AR Bargaining Team
Anke Schennink, UC Davis Paul Lott, UC Davis
Neal Sweeney, UC Santa Cruz Theo Tarver, UCSF
Lydia Majure, UC Berkeley Claire Zedelius, UC Santa Barbara
Amanda McLaughlin, UC Berkeley Josh Carlson, UC Berkeley
Charisse Winston, UC San Diego Irma De Ley, UC Riverside
Alex Blacutt, UC Riverside Christina Priest, UCLA
Stephany Chacon, LBL Angelo Demuro, UC Irvine
Lisa Schwarz, UC Santa Cruz
Daniel Roston, UC San Diego