Nov 092016

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 candidates winning their contests and the passage of important propositions such as Proposition 55, which will continue desperately needed funding for public schools, and Proposition 58, which supports multilingual education. UAW 5810 members also traveled to Nevada to support progressive candidates and helped elect the first Latina to the Senate.

However, the results at the national level are deeply disappointing and troubling. UAW 5810 is a union of workers from destinations spanning the world. We always have and will continue to do all we can to fight for policies that protect the rights of every single Postdoc. We take heart in our collective power as academic workers and as members of the broader struggle for the rights of all workers and against all forms of sexism, racism and bigotry. And we will continue to organize against anti-science policies that exert lasting damage on the environment and on people everywhere. We are resolved to fight to ensure we advance our hard-won rights and against attempts to move us backward.

As always, we urge any and all of you to get involved in the union, and please don’t hesitate to contact the union should you have questions or concerns on this, or any other issue.

In Solidarity,

Anke Schennink, President, UC Davis
Neal Sweeney, Vice President, UC Santa Cruz
Virpi Leppa, Recording Secretary, UC Los Angeles
Ben Cain, Financial Secretary, UC Davis
Matt Grimmer, Trustee, UC San Francisco
Lydia Majure, Trustee, UC Berkeley
Carlena Ebben Eaton, Trustee, UC Berkeley
Wen Jiang, Guide, UC Los Angeles
Nils Zimmermann, LBL
Iros Barozzi, LBL