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:

Aug 092012
Science Letter: The Power of Unions

In case you missed it, our President Neal Sweeney’s response to A. I. Leshner’s editorial was featured prominently in Science’s June 29 edition. In the piece, Neal makes the case [Read More…]

Apr 282012

Dear Postdoc, As the union that represents postdocs at the UC, part of our work is advocating for issues that impact our members, and federal funding for science and research [Read More…]

Dec 142011

Dear UC Postdocs, Last month something happened in the U.S. Congress that could seriously affect our ability to do our work. The congressional Super Committee, which was made up of [Read More…]