Yesterday, UC Berkeley ARs rallied at UCB’s California Hall to demand that UC Administration negotiate a fair contract now!
Berkeley ARs’ message to the administration was clear: a fair contract can’t wait. Change is needed now to create more sustainable career paths and equitable workplaces for researchers. Holly Aaron, who runs UC Berkeley’s Molecular Imaging Center, spoke about her and other ARs’ challenges with job security and career advancement, while Bo Tan elaborated on how these same issues, along with a lack of protection from bullying and no UC support for permanent residency, are especially impactful for international researchers. Kavitha Iyengar, law student and President of the UC Student Workers Union (UAW 2865), also spoke about how through working together ARs, Postdocs, and Teaching Assistants can build a better and more equitable UC.
ARU / UAW 5810 bargaining continues today and tomorrow at UC Riverside. ARs have already made progress at the bargaining table and will continue to do so. But there is no question that our ability as a union to win improvements is dependent on our capacity for collective action across the state. Yesterday was a great start!