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…]
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.
Read our op-ed “On and After Election Day, We Keep Organizing Against Attacks on Immigrants”
UAW Local 5810 President Anke Schennink, David Parsons (President of UAW Local 4121, the Union of Academic Student Employees and Postdocs at the University of Washington) and Kavitha Iyengar (President of UAW Local 2865, the UC Student-Workers Union), have published an oped expressing once more academic employee unions’ collective commitment to create a stronger, more equitable, more inclusive higher education system through forming and strengthening our unions. You can read the oped here!
Call Congress: Support Chinese Students/Scholars
Along with UAW Locals 2865 (Union of TAs, Tutors and Readers at UC) and 4121 (Union of Academic Student Employees and Postdocs at the University of Washington), our union has worked with Congressional Representatives Judy Chu (San Gabriel Valley, California) and Pramila Jayapal (Seattle) on a Dear Colleague letter demanding that Secretary of State Pompeo restore the validity period of Chinese international students’ entry visas from 12 months back to 60 months. We can help this effort by reaching out to our Representatives in California. Click here to find out who your Representative in Congress is, including their phone number in DC. Every constituent can make a call with such a request, whether you are an international Postdoc or not, and eligible to vote in the US or not. Please call your Representatives and urge them to sign on to Representative Chu and Jayapal’s Restore Fairness for Chinese International Students letter!
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!
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…]
Welcome to the next edition of our quarterly newsletter! From last month’s Science March to our latest Op-Eds in Nature and the SF Chronicle, we are excited to share all [Read More…]
One week after the March for Science, Postdocs once again demonstrated our determination to fight for a more just world by attending the People’s Climate Marches on Saturday, April 29th, [Read More…]
On April 22, UAW 5810 led delegations of hundreds of UC researchers up and down the state at local Marches for Science. Postdocs and other researchers joined the tens of [Read More…]
An op-ed written by Postdoc Union President Anke Schennink was published in Nature today! The op-ed lays out how the organizing tactics we utilized in our recent contract negotiations – [Read More…]
Today, UCSB Postdocs had a great meeting with Congressman Salud Carbajal. We delivered our open letter in response to the Trump administration’s immigration orders, and discussed issues of great importance [Read More…]
As part of of a coalition of of over 100 individuals from organized labor in California, Postdoc union leaders Fernanda Santos from Merced and Will Kelly from Davis met with [Read More…]