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
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:

Current Actions

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:

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…]

Dec 162013
We need Catalysts for Change in Washington

Catalysts for Progressive Change put moving society forward first. The members of Congress we’ve highlighted here have been consistent voices for increased investment in research and staunch advocates for social [Read More…]

Nov 212013
39 Members of Congress Join UAW to Stop Devastating Cuts to Science Programs

Berkeley, CA – Two United Auto Worker locals announced today that 39 members of the House of Representatives have joined their effort to stop the Sequester, the disastrous budgeting policy that indiscriminately cuts billions from federal research budgets, slowing the pace of innovation and forcing scientists around the country to walk away from promising projects. A letter signed by the 39 members was delivered today to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.