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…]
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:
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…]
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 [Read More…]
UAW 5810 President Neal Sweeney was featured in Nature this week, where he makes the case for the value of unions in improving the postdoc experience, securing more political support [Read More…]
For all of you who were following along at home, last night was a great night for the Science Slate! Earlier this year we put together a list of the [Read More…]
There is less than one week to go before next Tuesday’s election that has critical implications for postdocs on both the state and national levels. For California, if Proposition 30 [Read More…]
We’d like to thank Senator Barbara Boxer, who sent us this letter following our request for her support for increased research funding. Sen. Boxer is the 21st member of the [Read More…]
This past Tuesday (10/16), postdocs from UC Davis met with Congresswoman Doris Matsui to thank her for being one of the 20 Congressional Representatives from California to sign on to [Read More…]
The budget ‘sequestration’ that could happen in January would make deep cuts into the bones of federal research, meaning less grant funding, fewer academic positions and less of the innovation [Read More…]