UPDATE: We recently received this letter back from NIH Director Francis Collins following our request to increase the NIH NRSA salary scale (to which our minimum salary scale is linked). The take home: in the near future, the NIH would like to increase the salary scale by roughly 7 percent (first year minimum would increase to $42,000) and adjust it annually to keep pace with inflation. We expect a final decision on this won’t come until science budgets are on firmer ground – all the more reason to continue our advocacy for research funding! We will also be asking you to weigh in on the Request for Information he mentions soon. We are glad to know that Director Collins appreciates the critical role postdocs play in the research process. And it’s even better to know that our voice is being heard! THANK YOU to all members or supporters of UAW 5810 – we are moving the cause forward!