Calendar

 
Jan
30
Tue
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.

Feb
28
Wed
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!

Sincerely,

Patrick Callahan, Unit Chair
Kevin Brown, Recording Secretary

Apr
3
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Debugging your workplace @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for “Debugging your workplace” for Postdocs. In 45 minutes, we will cover:

  • Dissecting your paycheck
  • Solutions to common issues Postdocs face
  • Reviewing your parental leave options
  • Overview of your health benefits
  • Steps towards transitioning out of your Postdoc

If there are other issues you’d like to discuss, email us at santabarbara@uaw5810.org.
Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Patrick Callahan, Unit Chair
Kevin Brown, Recording Secretary

Apr
26
Thu
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Why all academic workers need a union @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for our April Membership meeting next week. We’ll talk about academic unions in the US, including some exciting updates from Postdocs and Researchers across the country who are currently organizing their union!

This is also an excellent opportunity to ask your questions about the Union or any workplace issues in person.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Patrick Callahan, Unit Chair
Kevin Brown, Recording Secretary

Jun
5
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Retirement Benefits with Fidelity representative @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For this month’s membership meeting, we have invited Cesar Cap, a retirement planner from Fidelity Investments, to present on the retirement plan options for Postdocs, including the Defined Contribution Plan (DCP), 403b and 457b plans.

You will have the opportunity to ask all of your questions about the plans, the various ways you can invest for the future, and what options you have when your UC employment ends.

Hope to see you there and lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

Jun
24
Sun
Santa Barbara – Researcher and Postdoc BBQ @ Stow Grove Park
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join us on Sunday, June 24 for a barbecue co-hosted by the Postdoc Union and Academic Researchers United, a group of Project Scientists, Specialists, Researchers and others who are in the process of forming a union at UC! This will be a great chance to meet other researchers and enjoy some sunshine and good food.

Colleagues (especially fellow Academic Researchers), friends, and partners are welcome to join!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here and let us know if you or anyone in your party has any dietary restrictions.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

Jun
26
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Teaching Opportunities for Postdocs @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in gaining teaching experience as a Postdoc? In this month’s membership meeting, we will discuss opportunities for Postdocs to hone our teaching skills as part of career development. We’ll talk about different kinds of teaching, whether formal or informal, and how to build those experiences into your CV. And we’ll also discuss opportunities for teaching in the area, both within UC and outside.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

Jul
31
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Community Organizing @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The benefits and protections important to Postdocs are under attack because of a series of court decisions and policy changes, among which the billionaire-funded Janus v AFSCME case against public-sector unions. Please join your fellow Postdocs at this month’s membership meeting to discuss how we can fight to protect our right to stand together and advocate for ourselves and our profession.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

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

This month during our Membership Meeting, we’ll discuss the UC Postdoc Benefits Plan:

  • How does health insurance work in the US?
  • What is the difference between the HMO and the PPO medical plan?
  • What are my out-of-pocket medical expenses?
  • How to find a General Physician/Pediatrician/Dentist/Endodontist?
  • And more.

Especially helpful if you’re a relatively new Postdoc, or you want to educate yourself on all options before the Open Enrollment period coming up in October.

If you have a question right now, feel free to let us know at santabarbara@uaw5810.org.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

Sep
7
Fri
Santa Barbara – Postdoc Yoga @ Chemistry Lawn
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm

Our very own Bastien Bonef has offered to put on a Vinyasa yoga class at the Chemistry lawn! Bastien is certified yoga instructor and will lead us through the one hour class. If it turns out well we can even make it a weekly event!

Here’s a video of Vinyasa yoga so you can get a general idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZFwoUU3WQ.

If you have any questions about the event, you can ask Bastien directly: bbonef.prof@gmail.com.

Hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary