The Supreme Court is on the wrong side of history with its decision on the Muslim Travel Ban, a policy that has nothing to do with “national security,” and which [Read More…]
We believe a fair and humane immigration policy and the free and open exchange of people and ideas across borders are essential to both science and a just society.
One of the fundamental tenants of our union is to advocate at all levels for rights, policies, and opportunities which reflects these values. Recent actions include filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case challenging the Trump administration travel ban, as well as UAW 5810 President Anke Schennink filing a declaration in US District Court. In 2016, UAW helped win the Optional Practical Training STEM extension.
Please read on to learn more about what Postdocs are working on and how you can get involved. And If you have questions regarding you and/or your family’s immigration/visa status, please don’t hesitate to get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do everything we can to help.
Sign Petition to Oppose Attacks on Chinese Student Visas
The Trump administration recently announced new rules to limit the length of Chinese student visas and impose higher scrutiny to Chinese scholars seeking work visas to perform research in the US. Since Trump was elected, UC Postdocs and researchers from China have also experienced increased visa delays.
This administration’s attempt to target Chinese students and scholars en masse is xenophobic and originates in racially motivated fears.
Many students, Postdocs and researchers will be affected by this unfair and xenophobic policy, and it is important to stop it before it gets worse. Please sign our petition to UC President Janet Napolitano asking her to communicate the harmful impacts of this policy to the California congressional delegation and to the Trump administration.
Visa & Immigration Workshop Video & Presentation
On January 24, we invited Stacey Gartland, attorney with immigration law firm Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP to give a workshop on work visa options, the permanent residency application process, travel for international Postdocs, and more important information for Postdocs and researchers.
Linked below are the slides of Stacey’s presentation, and the video of the event, in its entirety. Disclaimer, the video and presentation provide general information only, not legal advice. It is recommended that you seek legal advice before taking any actions.
Presentation Slides: Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Options for Postdocs
- We declare #NoMuslimBanEver—Field Toolkit (from national coalition against the Muslim travel ban)
- The Ninth Circuit Banned Trump’s Ban Because it Hurts Science (Wired, 2/9/2017)
- Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss (NY Times, 2/9/2017)
- L.A. federal judge orders a temporary halt to part of Trump’s travel ban (LA Times, 2/2/2017)
- Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Already Harming American Science (The Atlantic, 1/29/2017)
- How Trump’s travel ban could hurt science (Washington Post, 1/29/2017)
- State of Resistance: Labor Will Double Down in Trump Era (Capital and Main, 1/25/2017)
- Letter to the editor: UAW is a strong ally for international students and postdocs (Columbia Spectator, 12/5/2016)
- In Immigration Reform Debate, Labor Should Focus on Uniting the 99% (calitics, 7/29/2013)
- Labor and Immigrant Groups Can Move Forward Together (Huffington Post, 2/07/2013)
- The Track-Star Economy (New Yorker, 8/27/2012)
Science Has No Borders Profiles
International Postdocs’ contributions to science and research create progress, generate positive economic impacts for our state, and help us better understand the world. UC Postdocs will continue fighting for our right to live and work in the US free from discrimination and intolerance!
The Trump administration recently announced new rules to limit the length of Chinese student visas and impose higher scrutiny to Chinese scholars seeking work visas to perform research in the [Read More…]
On January 24, we invited Stacey Gartland, attorney with immigration law firm Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP to give a workshop on work visa options, the permanent residency [Read More…]
This year clearly showed why it’s so important that Postdocs are unionized. As the attacks from the new Administration rolled in—some expected, like proposed cuts to federal research funding, and [Read More…]
Together with representatives from Indivisible East Bay, the Alameda Labor Council, and Move to Amend, UC Postdocs met with Sen. Kamala Harris’ state director Julie Chavez Rodriguez and district director [Read More…]
UCD Medical Center Postdocs met with Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s District Director, Sam Stefanki, to talk about research funding, visa and immigration issues, equity in academia, and the current tax proposal. [Read More…]
Uncertainty around immigration policies and anti-Muslim sentiments have a major impact on our research. We discussed the impacts of Trump’s racist, misguided policies in our meeting with staff representatives from [Read More…]
UC Riverside Postdocs met with Congressman Mark Takano—we won’t stop speaking out until we stop Trump’s devastating budget cuts, including his plan to cut the EPA’s budget by 31%, giving [Read More…]
UAW 5810 strongly oppose the Trump administration’s blatantly xenophobic decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This program allows undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children [Read More…]
Earlier today, Postdocs from Berkeley and LBL had a very productive meeting with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier. Congressman De Saulnier was very supportive of our positions on research funding and immigration [Read More…]