Davis Town Hall – Sacramento @ Blaisdel Library in the Education Building - Collaboration Room 1106
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At our last Joint Council meeting, representatives from every campus agreed to begin a strike authorization vote. Please join us for a town hall meeting next week to learn about and discuss this very important vote.

As we have shared in the bargaining updates, the university administration appears intent on delaying the bargaining process and engaging in unproductive meetings. We have continuously showed up prepared and ready to voice your concerns and present language that moves us all forward. Our strength at the table has been reinforced by your actions on the campuses. Together we have demonstrated to UC management that we as postdocs are united and willing to stand up for our rights. Now we must show the university, that if necessary, we are prepared to take action in the face of a failure to negotiate in good faith and violations of our rights under California law.

Your union’s Executive Board and Joint Council have voted to hold a strike authorization vote among its members. A strike authorization vote empowers the bargaining team to call for a strike if circumstances justify–such as if UC does not bargain in good faith, fails to provide the union information necessary and relevant for bargaining, or takes actions to undermine the union’s or its members rights under State of California’s labor laws. Showing you stand behind your bargaining team, and that it has the authority to act in the face of bad faith bargaining will send a powerful message to the university.

Before the vote is held there will be meetings at every campus where we will share the latest news from the bargaining table and discuss the upcoming vote and answer any questions you may have. We urge you attend.

Davis – Discussion on next steps after Strike Authorization @ Physics 432
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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.

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 with any questions regarding this event.

Hope to see you there!

Annual Statewide Membership Meeting @ UAW 5810 Statewide Office
Oct 29 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We’d like to invite everyone to our Annual Statewide Membership Meeting on Saturday October 29, at our Union office at 2030 Addison St., Ste 640 in Berkeley. We will be discussing our new contract, political action, and future campaigns. The meeting will start at 12pm (with lunch), and go until about 5pm. Please RSVP here!

For non-Joint Council members, there are funds available on a first-come, first-served basis to provide reimbursement for travel expenses – up to $300 per member – to the meeting. Please send us an email at by Thursday, October 20 with the approximate cost if you would like to request reimbursement for travel to the meeting.

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!

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!

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.

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!


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