This article by Suzanne Elvidge in the latest issue of NewScienist discusses the importance of Unions and UAW 5810 in particular in Fellowship Salary increases and workplace protections for postdocs. [Read More…]
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:
- Tell Congress: Support UC Researcher Principles
Sign our majority letter calling on Congress to acknowledge the critical role that science and humanities research plays in our society
- Unionized Scientists March in Protest of Attacks on Facts by 5810 Financial Secretary Carly Ebben-Eaton and Retired EPA Employee Kathy Seitan (SF Chronicle, 4/11/2017)
- Securing Workplace Rights in the Age of Trump by 5810 President Anke Schennink (Nature, 4/5/2017)
- UC’s Opportunity to Shape the Future of Scientific Research (Medium, 5/30/2016)
- Fair Pay for Postdocs: Why We Support New Federal Overtime Rules (Huffington Post, 5/17/2016)
- UC Postdocs are Worth $50K (and Then Some…) (Huffington Post, 5/12/2016)
- Funding Cuts Leave Wounds in Research (Daily Cal, 1/27/2014)
- Postdoc payday: Salaries for Fellows are on the Up (New Scientist, 5/28/2013)
- The Fiscal Cliff Casualties You Won’t See (Huffington Post, 12/12/2012)
- Super Committee Fail Jeopardizes Science Research (Huffington Post, 12/1/2011)
- House Committee Questions University of California’s Accounting for Research Funds (Science Careers, 6/28/2010)
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:
As you’ve probably read in the news, the Sequester is in full swing, and cuts to federal programs are kicking in across the country. Unfortunately NIH, NSF, DOE, NASA and [Read More…]
UPDATE: We recently received this letter back from NIH Director Francis Collins following our request to increase the NIH NRSA salary scale (to which our minimum salary scale is linked). The take home: [Read More…]
UAW 5810 has joined forces with Research!America to fight the for federal funding for science and against the damaging cuts included in the sequester. We’re proud to be part of the nation’s [Read More…]
The National Institutes of Health has issued a notice outlining the likely effects on NIH grants after a March 1 sequestration. “Should a sequestration occur,” it says, “NIH likely will [Read More…]
Thank you President Obama for underlining the importance of scientific research in your speech today! Join the Whiteboard Project to tell us why funding for science research is worth saving [Read More…]
With 2012 now in the rear-view mirror, we thought we’d take a minute to look back over where we’ve been. 2012 was our second full calendar year as a union, [Read More…]
By Neal Sweeney, President of UAW Local 5810 and Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Santa Cruz This post originally appeared on the Blog at Huff Post. If Congress’s intransigence sends us [Read More…]
Read the letter our President Neal Sweeney sent to Budget Director Jeffrey Zients laying out the case for an increase in federal science funding in the 2014. Twenty-one members of [Read More…]
If Congress fails to strike a deal on the budget and we go off the fiscal cliff, science budget cuts of 8-10% will take effect – and billions of dollars [Read More…]