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Aug
29
Tue
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – Retirement Benefits @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Aug 29 @ 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 a retirement planner 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!

Sep
9
Sat
I <3 Science Funding 5K Run/Walk @ Clover Park
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

To raise money for our union’s Voluntary Community Action Program (VCAP), which helps us support pro-science/pro-labor political candidates and policies, we are hosting a Postdoc Union 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 9th!

This will be a really fun event for Postdocs and our families, friends and colleagues, and an excellent chance to get some exercise while socializing with fellow Postdocs! There will be a Pancake Breakfast on the beach immediately after the race, and everyone is invited to join!

Prizes will be awarded for the top three runners.

There is a parking lot that you can enter from Ocean Park Blvd just south of 28th Street. We’ll be at one of the tables on the side of the park closest to the intersection Ocean Park Blvd and 25th Street (on the 25th Street side), next to the playground, volleyball courts, and near the bathrooms. Look for the UAW 5810 banner.

If you would like to travel by transit from campus, take the Big Blue Bus #8 towards Downtown Santa Monica and get off at Ocean Park and 25th.

Please RSVP by clicking this link, and email agnellom@gmail.com with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sep
21
Thu
Los Angeles – Sci-fi Movie Night @ UCLA Postdoc Union Office (2nd Floor)
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Join for pizza and drinks and a screening of Ex Machina. This will be a fun opportunity to hang out with peers, talk a little about coming union plans and relax with a good movie. Partners, friends and colleagues are welcome!

Ex Machina is about young programmer who is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. The movie stars Oskar Isaac and Alicia Vikander and it’s about two hours long.

Sci-Fi Movie Night
When: Party begins at 6:30 PM, Movie will start at 7:00 PM
Where: UCLA Postdoc Union office, 1541 Westwood Blvd

The office is a thirty minute walk from campus, and you can also take the Big Blue Bus #1 or #8 to Westwood and Ohio.

Pizza will be provided, and there will be a cash bar for drinks with proceeds going to our union’s VCAP program. Please RSVP here so we know how much food to order

Look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Morse, Unit Chair
Melissa Agnello, Recording Secretary
Allison Sharrow, Head Steward
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Head Steward
Jijun Huang, Steward
Alec Marin, Steward

Sep
26
Tue
Los Angeles Membership Meeting @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Nov
28
Tue
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – Appointments @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We invite you to join us for the last membership meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, November 28th.

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?
  • 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.

Jan
17
Wed
Los Angeles – Coffee Hour @ Bombshelter (outside tables unless it's raining, in which we'll be inside.)
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for a Postdoc union Coffee Hour! Come have coffee and donuts, and socialize with your fellow Postdocs.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Morse, Unit Chair
Miguel Alec Marin, Recording Secretary
Allison Sharrow, Head Steward
​Jihun Huang, Head Steward
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Head Steward

Jan
31
Wed
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – The Value of Strong Membership @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 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.

Feb
15
Thu
Los Angeles – Coffee Hour @ Bombshelter (outside tables unless it's raining, in which we'll be inside.)
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join on Thursday morning, February 15, for a Postdoc Union coffee hour! Come have donuts and coffee, and socialize with your fellow Postdocs. We are also inviting Academic Researchers, who are in the process of forming a union, so please feel free to bring along any specialist, project scientist, researcher or similar.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Morse, Unit Chair
Miguel Alec Marin, Recording Secretary
Allison Sharrow, Head Steward
​Jihun Huang, Head Steward
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Head Steward

Feb
26
Mon
Los Angeles – Working People’s Day of Action @ Powell Library Steps
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm

This Saturday, February 24, is the Working People’s Day of Action. Thousands of people will take to the streets across the country to protest economic inequality and demand the right to have a say in their working conditions.

In California, there are events across the state, starting on Saturday and extending into next Monday, when the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The case in question would limit the ability of public sector unions (including our union) to collect financial resources that are used to ensure rights and benefits for workers. This case is funded by corporate billionaires and is an attempt to limit the power of unions, which have historically been a driving force in fighting income inequality and institutionalized racism and sexism. Unions are also responsible for many of the benefits all American workers enjoy.

We encourage you to participate in any of the actions in your area, and if you are interested in continuing to fight back against this and other attacks against working people, join our Union! We are stronger together, and your voice, power, and expertise could help us secure even more rights and benefits for Postdocs.

This is a great day to sport our Postdoc Union shirts! Let us know if you’re coming, but don’t have a Postdoc Union shirt yet!

In Solidarity,

Anke Schennink, President, UC Davis
Neal Sweeney, Vice President, UC Santa Cruz
Carlena Ebben Eaton, Financial Secretary, UC Berkeley
Zach Reinert, Recording Secretary, UC Irvine
Matt Grimmer, Trustee, UC San Francisco
William Kelly, Trustee, UC Davis
Lydia Majure, Trustee, UC Berkeley
Aaron Sullivan, Guide, UC San Francisco
Charisse Winston, Sergeant At Arms, UC San Diego

Feb
28
Wed
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – Taxes for Postdocs @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
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!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Morse, Unit Chair
Miguel Alec Marin, Recording Secretary
Jijun Huang, Head Steward
Allison Sharrow, Head Steward
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Head Steward