Sep 102016

UCSD Postdocs met with our bargaining team during the Thursday session.

This is an historic week! During this 3-day bargaining session at UCSD, the University officially agreed that the postdocs at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) should be in our union! Iros Barozzi, an LBL postdoc who was elected by his colleagues to join the bargaining team, joined us at the bargaining table. We’re ecstatic to have LBL postdocs join us to fight for the fair contract that we deserve. We’re also excited that next Friday (the 16th) we will be bargaining at LBL to discuss the rights and benefits of LBL postdocs as they join UAW 5810.

On Thursday, between negotiations with UC, the postdoc bargaining team met with UCSD postdocs to discuss the state of bargaining. We were also joined by a Field Representative from California Assemblymember Toni Atkins’ office (Assemblymember Atkins represents the UCSD area in the CA legislature and is Speaker Emeritus of the Assembly). She expressed Assemblymember Atkins’ strong support for all the postdoc bargaining priorities.

While no new tentative agreements were reached, we had productive discussions with UC on salary and appointment security. We also reiterated and reinforced the importance of increasing family-friendly benefits for UC postdocs. We look forward to productive negotiations at next week’s session at the UC Office of the President in Oakland as well. Click here for a chart showing our current bargaining proposals, and if you would like to read any of the individual proposals or tentative agreements you can access a directory here.

We’d like to thank the thousands of UAW 5810 members for your support and participation in union activities over the last several weeks and throughout the campaign. Your demonstration of commitment to the goals of the campaign continue to inspire and motivate us!

If you have any questions or comments, send us an email.

In Solidarity,

Anke Schennink, PhD, President, UC Davis
Neal Sweeney, PhD, Vice President, UC Santa Cruz
Virpi Leppa, PhD, Recording Secretary, UC Los Angeles
Ben Cain, PhD, Financial Secretary, UC Davis
Matt Grimmer, PhD, Trustee, UC San Francisco
Lydia Majure, PhD, Trustee, UC Berkeley
Carlena Ebben Eaton, PhD, Trustee, UC Berkeley
Wen Jiang, PhD, Guide, UC Los Angeles