Sep 282018

We are very happy to announce that a majority of UC Academic Researchers have signed union authorization cards and that today Academic Researchers United/UAW 5810 filed a representation petition with the state labor board! This is a huge achievement and means that soon Academic Researchers (Researchers, Specialists, Project Scientists, and Coordinators of Public Programs) will have a union and be able to begin collective bargaining with UC administration.

ARs, along with members of UAW Locals 2865 and 5810, delivering their authorization cards to the state labor board!

Next steps: If the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) certifies ARU/UAW (which we fully expect will happen soon), ARs will begin bargaining with UC. Postdocs will have many opportunities to support ARs while they are in the bargaining process.

Although ARs have already reached majority support, they are still prioritizing outreach and gathering additional authorization cards in order to build as much support as possible. If you have a colleague in one of these job titles who has not yet signed an authorization card, please contact us!

Academic Researchers would like to thank the many Postdocs who have helped them reach this important milestone, and look forward to working together to make UC a better place to do research. We are stronger together!

In Solidarity,

Anke Schennink, President, UC Davis
Neal Sweeney, Vice President, UC Santa Cruz
Carlena Ebben Eaton, Financial Secretary, UC Berkeley
Matt Grimmer, Trustee, UC San Francisco
William Kelly, Trustee, UC Davis
Lydia Majure, Trustee, UC Berkeley
Jijun Huang, Guide, UC Los Angeles
Charisse Winston, Sergeant At Arms, UC San Diego