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…]
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
- Standing Up for Science in the Age of Trump by Congressmember Salud Carbajal (Santa Barbara Independent, 9/4/2017)
- 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:
Late last April we began asking postdocs like you to sign a petition urging members of Congress to support increased funding for science research, so there would be more financial [Read More…]
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…]
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…]
Dear UC Postdocs, As we are all acutely aware, funding for higher education in California has seen a precipitous drop in recent years. And although UC students and postdocs did [Read More…]
Dear UC Postdocs, Last October, we wrote to you about sending comments to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) committee (Advisory Committee to the NIH Director) that is working on [Read More…]
Dear UC Postdocs, Great news – the National Institute of Health (NIH) has just announced that its Ruth Kirschstein NRSA stipends will increase by 2% for fiscal year 2012 – [Read More…]
Dear UC Postdocs, Last week we launched our petition to stop Congress from cutting crucial science and non-science research funding and restore the federal investment that spurs innovation and creates [Read More…]
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…]
Dear UAW 5810 Members: Here are several updates including how to make your voice heard on increasing career opportunities for scientists, a report on our recent White House trip, and [Read More…]