Irvine Postdoc Union Event – 1-Year Contract Anniversary Celebration @ Humanities Gateway 1030 (ground floor, patio with lights)
Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Berkeley Membership Meeting – Appointments @ Koshland 80
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Irvine Membership Meeting – Appointments @ NS II 4206
Dec 7 @ 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.

Davis Membership Meeting – Appointments @ Physics 185
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Berkeley Membership Meeting – The Value of Strong Membership @ Cory Hall, Room 400
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Irvine Membership Meeting – The Value of Strong Membership @ NS II 4206
Jan 25 @ 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.

Additionally we’ll be electing campus stewards. All members in good standing are eligible to accept nomination.

Davis Postdoc Union Social – Happy Hour @ Sophia's Thai Kitchen
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm

The first month of the year is soon coming to an end. We hope that you had a great start of the new year and that you have a bright outlook on the rest of it. Please join us for our monthly Happy Hour and talk about what you look forward to for this year (or about anything else). We are also inviting academic researchers this time, who are in the process of forming a union, so please feel free to bring along any junior specialist, project scientist or similar.

Berkeley/LBL – 2018 Kickoff Party @ UAW 5810 Office
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Happy New Year! 2018 will be an important year for our Union as we build on the progress we’ve made to protect our rights as researchers and look forward to upcoming elections. To kick off 2018 and discuss all of the ways to get more involved with our Union, we are having a party on February 1st! This will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about our stewards network, meet fellow supportive Postdocs and Union leaders from UCB and LBL, and begin to plan what we will accomplish together in 2018.

We are also launching working groups to take on specific issues of interest to Postdocs, and you can learn more about the working groups and sign up here. Proposed working groups include Political Action, International Researchers, and Equity & Diversity. Sign up, and then join us on February 1st to meet your fellow working group members and start making plans!

We will provide alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and RSVPs are strongly encouraged to ensure that we have enough drinks! We will also have a potluck, so please plan to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The union office is a short walk from campus, close to the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Nils Zimmermann, LBL
Mamun Miah, LBL
Evan Pease, LBL
Heather Harris, UCB
Abby Kroken, UCB
Ben Smarr, UCB
Aman Gill, UCB
Claire Dodd, UCB
Xiangyu Cao, UCB

Irvine – Coffee Hour with Academic Researchers United @ Outdoor patio between Engineering Tower and Information and Computer Science
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us on Thursday afternoon, February 8, for coffee hour co-hosted by the Union of Postdocs and Academic Researchers United, a group of Project Scientists, Specialists, Researchers and others who are in the process of forming a union at UC!

Come have coffee and socialize and feel free to bring along your colleagues, especially fellow Postdocs or Academic Researchers.

Click here for a map of where the event will be held.

Hope to see you there!


Alicia Hall, Unit Chair
Zach Reinert, Recording Secretary

Berkeley & LBL Coffee Hour @ Outdoor patio between Li Ka Shing, Mulford, and Morgan
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm