Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Postdoc Housing @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
May 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Access and affordability of housing is a concern for many, if not all of us. At this month’s membership meeting, we’ll explore the specific housing challenges UC Postdocs face, discuss what options exist at our campus, and talk about how the Postdoc Union can work to increase housing access.

Lunch will be provided!

Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Leaves @ Bren Hall, Room 4316
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s Campus Membership Meeting, we will be discussing Personal Time Off and the various kinds of leaves (Maternity, Parental, Personal, Medical, etc.) available to Postdocs, how to make use of those leaves when needed, as well as how paid sick days and holidays work under the contract.

Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Retirement Plans @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s campus membership meeting we’ll answer frequently asked questions about retirement plan options for Postdocs, including the Defined Contribution Plan (DCP). We’ll be joined by Cesar Cap from Fidelity Investments who can provide expert advice. We will also update you on the status of our statewide grievance over UC’s proposal to increase Postdoc retirement plan fees. Hope to see you there!

Lunch will be provided.

Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Career Development @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s Campus Membership Meeting we will discuss career development resources: how to take advantage of them, rights under our contract and how these rights can be improved upon. Come join us!

Lunch will be provided.

Santa Barbara – Postdoc Union End of Summer BBQ @ Goleta Beach
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, September 10th at Goleta Beach for our end of summer BBQ extravaganza! We’ll be meeting up at noon to cook burgers, play some beach soccer, catch up on union news and build community with fellow Postdocs.

We’ll be providing the basics for the BBQ but if you’d like to bring anything specific or help make sure that we don’t run low on anything you can volunteer and RSVP here.

Please contact Carlos at with any questions.

See you there!

Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Health Benefits @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s membership meeting we’ll discuss the UC Postdoc Health Benefits, and generally how health insurance works in the US. Especially helpful if you’re a relatively new UCX Postdoc, or you want to educate yourself on all options before the Open Enrollment period coming up in October/November.

Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Resolving Workplace Conflict @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Appointments @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We invite you to join us for the last membership meeting of 2017.

We’ll talk about everything related to Postdoc Appointments:
* What should be in my appointment letter?
* My fellowship is for 3 years – how long should my appointment be?
* When should I receive my reappointment letter?
* Can I resign mid-appointment? How?
* What is the difference between “Layoff” and “Dismissal”?

If you have any questions about this topic, or any other topic, or just want to get more information about your rights, please join!

Lunch will be provided

Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – The Value of Strong Membership @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We would like to invite you to our first membership meeting of 2018. During this meeting, we’ll kick off the new year with a discussion about our union values and how those values help us protect our rights and win together. During 2017, we accomplished huge contract enforcement victories, we planned and participated in global actions like the March for Science, and we used our Researcher Values petition to have important conversations with elected officials across the state. At this meeting we’ll make plans for the rest of the year to ensure that we continue to build momentum. It looks like 2018 will be full of challenges, and we would love to hear your comments and ideas about the priorities for our union.

Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Taxes for Postdocs @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s membership meeting we’ll discuss the basics of filing Federal and State taxes, including issues affecting fellows and international scholars. Your peers are also an excellent resource for tax questions and this will be a good opportunity to ask questions and share information.

Lunch will be provided!


Patrick Callahan, Unit Chair
Kevin Brown, Recording Secretary