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Oct
15
Sat
Davis Fall BBQ @ Slide Hill Park
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It is the biggest social event of the year, a Postdoc Union fall barbecue!

Please join us on Saturday, October 15th between noon and 5 PM at Slide Hill Park in Davis.

This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow postdocs. This event will be family friendly and geared towards creating social connections among UC postdocs at the Davis and Sacramento campuses. Family, partners, and postdoc friends are all welcome.

We will provide some food for the grill such as meat, fish, hamburgers and veggie patties, as well as grilling supplies and condiments. Vegan, vegetarian and halal options are available. Plates, silverware, napkins, and water will also be provided. Each family or group of friends are welcome to bring a side dish, additional grill items, and drinks to share. Alcohol is allowed at Slide Hill Park. So feel free to bring whatever sort of beverages you would like to enjoy (responsibly, of course).

The park has a kid’s playground and lots of open space for games. We will bring some game balls, frisbees, and bubbles for entertainment. Please bring any games, balls, or other activities to share.

If you can come, please fill out the RSVP form so that we can have a head-count for barbecue and coordinate carpooling if needed.

Oct
26
Wed
Davis Postdoc union social @ Woodstock Pizza
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for a postdoc union social gathering at Woodstock pizza at 219 G St, Davis, CA 95616 on Wednesday, October 26th at 6 pm.

Come hang out with your fellow postdocs and make a few new contacts! Partners, spouses and kids are welcome.

We will have a “Postdoc” sign so you can easily find us.

Contact Anna Kalashnikova at anna.a.kalashnikova@gmail.com with any questions regarding this event.

Hope to see you there!

Nov
10
Thu
UCB Meets LBL: United Postdoc Union Party @ Postdoc Union Office
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join us for a joint Postdoc social between UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab! We’ll be celebrating our new contract with food and fun in the statewide union office. And, we’ll start our close collaboration between our two campuses. Friends, family, and labmates are welcome.

RSVP’s are strongly encouraged. We will provide food and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The union office is a short walk from campus, close to the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Please feel welcome to e-mail us at uaw5810@uaw5810.org with any questions about the party, or with any questions about improvements like paid parental leave, longer appointments, and increased salaries we won in the new contract.

Hope to see you on Thursday!

In Solidarity,

Heather Harris, UCB Sociology
Abby Kroken, UCB Optometry
Benjamin Smarr, UCB Psychology
Alyssa Rosenbloom, UCB Bioengineering
Carly Ebben-Eaton, UCB Chemistry
Lydia Majure, UCB Neuroscience
Nils Zimmermann, LBL CRD
Iros Barozzi, LBL Genomics
Caitlin Pries, LBL Earth and Environmental Sciences
Tuomas Koskela, LBL NERSC

Nov
14
Mon
Berkeley Membership Meeting – Open Enrollment @ Stanley Hall, Room 621
Nov 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Open Enrollment for our Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP) is through November 22, 5:00PM. During this period you can enroll or change plans and add dependents. At this month’s membership meeting, we will review our health benefits and options for the HMO, PPO and dental plans for 2017. Please join us to learn more! Also, if you have any questions about other items of our new contract, please stop by.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Heather M. Harris, Ph.D., Unit Chair
Abby Kroken, Ph.D., Recording Secretary
Benjamin Smarr, Ph.D., Head Steward
Alyssa Rosenbloom, Ph.D., Head Steward

Nov
30
Wed
Davis Postdoc Union Social @ Woodstock Pizza
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for a Postdoc union social gathering at Woodstock pizza on Wednesday, November 30th at 6 pm.

Come hang out with your fellow postdocs and make a few new contacts! Partners, spouses and kids are welcome.

We will have a “Postdoc” sign so you can easily find us.

Contact Anna Kalashnikova with any questions regarding this event.

Hope to see you there!

Dec
6
Tue
Davis (Main Campus) – Membership Meeting @ Life Sciences 3002
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This month we will discuss the new contract which is in effect now through September 30, 2020. Come learn about all the new provisions and get answers to your questions on topics such as:

  • When should I get my guaranteed pay increase and how much will it be?
  • How does the new parental leave work?
  • How long should my new appointment be?
  • What are my rights under the improved Non-Discrimination article?
  • And any other questions you may have…

We will also be voting for a representative to the elections committee. The elections committee consists of one elected representative from every campus. We will accept nominations at the meeting and hold an election if necessary.

And finally, we will be brainstorming and discussing plans for political action in response to this month’s election.

Lunch will be provided!

Jan
25
Wed
Davis (Main Campus) – Resolving Workplace Problems @ Physics 186
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s Campus Membership Meeting, we will be discussing the grievance process for resolving work-related concerns, problems and/or issues, including your rights under our contract.

Our new contract represents a huge step forward for UC Postdocs, but it’s absolutely essential that we do everything in our power to insure those rights are being observed. One example is making sure all Postdocs are receiving the correct salary under our new contract. The grievance process is an essential component of contract enforcement. We hope you will join us for this important conversation.

We will also be discussing the Union’s priorities for 2017 and we want to hear your voices. Come tell us what issues you’re most passionate about and ready to get to work on.

Jan
26
Thu
Berkeley Membership Meeting – Resolving Workplace Problems @ Minor Hall Addition, Room 355
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s Campus Membership Meeting, we will be discussing the grievance process for resolving work-related concerns, problems and/or issues, including your rights under our contract.

Our new contract represents a huge step forward for UC Postdocs, but it’s absolutely essential that we do everything in our power to insure those rights are being observed. One example is making sure all Postdocs are receiving the correct salary under our new contract. The grievance process is an essential component of contract enforcement. We hope you will join us for this important conversation.

Lunch will be provided!

Minor Hall Addition

Feb
10
Fri
Davis (Main Campus) – Tax Prep Session and Happy Hour @ Physics Room 186
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

At this month’s membership meeting we’ll discuss how we can help build the upcoming March for Science in Sacramento on April 22. The March for Science is a national movement that is organizing actions and marches across the country on April 22 in support of science and scientists. Postdocs across the state have been getting involved, and we will discuss what we can do for our local march.

We will also talk about your rights to take political action, including your rights to attend marches and protests (including if you’re on a visa).

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

Lunch will be provided!

Davis (Main Campus) – Tax Prep Session and Happy Hour @ Olson Hall, Room 6
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The union will be hosting a tax prep workshop for all postdocs with local tax expert Christine Krieger. She will make a brief presentation at the beginning of the workshop and then spend the rest of the time taking questions. So bring all your tax questions (especially if your a visa holder navigating the complex US tax system) and an appetite (we’ll be providing lunch).

When: Feb 10, 12-2 pm
Where: Olson Hall, Room 6

And please RSVP so we can order the right amount of food.

Then, whether you have tax questions or not, join us for happy hour at Sophia’s (129 E St, Davis). Come hang out with your fellow Postdocs and meet some new people! Partners, spouses and kids are welcome.

When: Friday, Feb 10, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Sophia’s Thai Kitchen (129 E St, Davis)

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

William Kelly, Unit Chair
Emma Skoog, Recording Secretary
Ygal Achmon, Head Steward
Arsalan Syed, Head Steward