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:

Sep 282016
 
More Support from Congress

This morning Congresswoman Jackie Speier delivered a letter to UC President Janet Napolitano supporting our demand for increased paid parental leave that meets or exceeds the NIH/NSF standard. To improve [Read More…]

Oct 132014
 
Support the 2014 Science Slate!

Almost nothing has more of an impact on the lives of postdocs and the work we do than state and federal support for science research. Decisions made in Sacramento and [Read More…]