Calendar

 
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

Sep
26
Wed
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Local resources and recommendations for Postdocs @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What do you wish you had known when you started as a Postdoc at UCSB?

At this month’s Membership Meeting, we’ll be discussing local resources that are available to Postdocs, including strategies to help new Postdocs get settled in Santa Barbara and Postdoc recommendations ranging from doctors and child care services to restaurants and hiking trails. Please join your fellow Postdocs to learn more about how to make the most of your time in Santa Barbara and share your own recommendations.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

Oct
20
Sat
Canvassing in Nevada
Oct 20 – Oct 21 all-day

UAW members from Nevada have asked for our help to campaign for Jacky Rosen for US Senate. She is currently a member of the House of Representatives on the Science, Space and Technology committee, and she is running to replace current Senator Dean Heller, a Republican who has largely voted with Trump. This race is critical to flipping the Senate!

Early voting in Nevada starts the weekend of October 20-21, so we’ll be doing on-the-ground canvassing to help get out the vote. We’ll be working in pairs and will be provided with training when we get to Nevada, so prior canvassing experience is not needed.

We will be coordinating bus transportation from Northern CA to Reno and from Southern CA to Las Vegas with fellow UAW members, and hotel rooms in Reno and Las Vegas will be provided. We will spend Saturday and Sunday campaigning, and then hop on the buses back to California on Sunday afternoon.

This is going to be an important and fun weekend! All Postdocs who want to join are welcome, along with family members, friends, etc. – the more the merrier! Please email uaw5810@uaw5810.org if you have any questions, and RSVP here.

Santa Barbara – Canvass for Rep. Salud Carbajal and Prop. 10 @ Carbajal Campaign Headquarters
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am

Walk precincts in support of Representative Salud Carbajal, who is running for re-election, and Proposition 10, which supports affordable housing in California. Are you in? Do you want to carpool? Please RSVP here.

Oct
22
Mon
Deadline to Register to Vote
Oct 22 all-day

If you are eligible to vote, now is the time to get ready for the upcoming Midterm elections, held on Tuesday, November 6.

For California residents, the deadline to register to vote is October 22, 2018.

Unsure if you’re registered to vote in California? Check your voter registration status here!
Have you moved since the last election? Re-register to vote today!

Any California registered voter may request to vote using a vote-by-mail ballot. You do not have to be “absent” or “out of town on election day” to vote by mail in California. You may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot just because you want to.

Oct
30
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Why the midterm election is critical to all Postdocs @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join us for a membership meeting on the upcoming midterm elections! Postdocs have a lot to gain during the upcoming November 6 election. We’ll briefly discuss what’s at stake, how the federal and state law-making process works, and how science and research are impacted. We’ll also present our Science Slate, including our endorsed California propositions.

Lunch will be provided!

Nov
4
Sun
Santa Barbara – Canvass for Rep. Salud Carbajal and Prop. 10 @ Carbajal Campaign Headquarters
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm

Walk precincts in support of Representative Salud Carbajal, who is running for re-election, and Proposition 10, which supports affordable housing in California. Are you in? Do you want to carpool? Please RSVP here.

Nov
13
Tue
Santa Barbara – AR General Meeting @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join us for our next Academic Researcher general meeting. We’ll discuss the results from our comprehensive bargaining survey and what improvements we want to see at UC. This conversation, and others like it across the state, will inform the drafting of our initial bargaining demands for our first union contract with UC.