Following mass protests at many major airports on Saturday, President Trump’s executive order banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries has been temporarily stayed by a Federal judge, but only for [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 email@example.com 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!
We were deeply moved and empowered last weekend by the massive turnout for the Women’s marches that took place across the country. Up and down California, UC Postdocs joined with [Read More…]
In this, our first issue of our new quarterly Postdoc Union newsletter, we’ll be sharing updates from across the state about what our union has been working on and how [Read More…]
Dear Editor, We are the statewide leadership of the union for 7,000 Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, UAW Local 5810. Our union membership [Read More…]
At this point you are all likely aware of the results of yesterday’s election. At the state level, there were a number of successes including a majority of our endorsed [Read More…]
As you know, thousands of international postdocs are proud members and elected leaders of UAW Local 5810. Our union has a history of speaking up against discrimination in all forms. [Read More…]
Join the National Call-In Days for Immigration Reform! Starting today through Thursday (March 12-14) contact Congress at (888) 817-5602 and tell them you want a better visa system and a [Read More…]
Our own Anke Schennink (Financial Secretary, UC Davis) testified yesterday before the State Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee on her experience on a J-1 visa. Immigrants and guest workers are [Read More…]
Immigration reform continues to stay on the front burner, and the New York Times editorial board makes a great point: “Overhauling visa programs to ensure workers’ rights should be in [Read More…]
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. One of the most oft-repeated [Read More…]