Science Funding and Policy

UCLA Postdocs at the Los Angeles March for Science
LBL and Berkeley Postdocs Met with Representative Barbara Lee’s Chief of Staff to Discuss Increasing Research Funding
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UC Davis Postdocs at the People’s Climate March in Sacramento

UC Researchers, Scientists, Postdocs & Faculty make critical contributions to scientific research and have a unique perspective in defending the important role science plays in our universities, communities and across our world.

We believe facts matter and science must not be taken for granted. Our research protects our air and water, fights climate change, pioneers medical breakthroughs, creates new industries and safeguards our future.

The Trump Administration has ushered in a new era of government – one where our research has been ideologically and economically devalued and evidence-based science is under attack.

Read more below about the front-line role our union has played in advocating on behalf of all researchers:

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Read The UAW’s Position on Federal Research Funding:
“Federal funding enables universities to perform path-breaking research. It is critical for the future of the U.S. economy, because it provides core support for innovation in fields such as the medical and life sciences, energy use, new technologies, environmental protection, transportation and many others. The resulting innovations can create thousands of jobs.

Federal funding provides salaries and benefits for those who perform this research, including student employees and postdoctoral researchers. It also provides the equipment, materials and training necessary for them to perform their work. The Obama administration and Congress should increase federal funding for existing research and for the basic science that forms the foundation for future research. This is necessary to preserve the leading role our research universities play in innovation and their preeminent role internationally.”

Read More about UAW’s position on Supporting better federal funding for scientific research.

Read these letters from UAW 5810 and other UAW Academic Worker locals supporting federal legislation to increase science funding:

May 052017
 
2017 Quarterly Newsletter

Welcome to the next edition of our quarterly newsletter! From last month’s Science March to our latest Op-Eds in Nature and the SF Chronicle, we are excited to share all [Read More…]

May 022017
 
People's Climate & May Day Marches

One week after the March for Science, Postdocs once again demonstrated our determination to fight for a more just world by attending the People’s Climate Marches on Saturday, April 29th, [Read More…]

Jan 202017
 
2016 Wrap Up and the Road Ahead

In this, our first issue of our new quarterly Postdoc Union newsletter, we’ll be sharing updates from across the state about what our union has been working on and how [Read More…]

Nov 092016
 

At this point you are all likely aware of the results of yesterday’s election. At the state level, there were a number of successes including a majority of our endorsed [Read More…]