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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

Dec
3
Sat
San Diego Contract Celebration BBQ @ Kellog Park (Right next to La Jolla Shores)
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating this year’s accomplishments!

We had a successful contract fight , ratified it with 99% approval and have strengthened relationships with political leaders who are labor and science friendly.

It is time to come together, re-energize and have a good time. On Saturday, December 3rd UCSD Postdoc Stewards will be hosting a BBQ at Kellog Park (near La Jolla Shores) from 12 to 4 pm.

Food will be provided, but please bring something to share. Family is welcome!

RSVP’s are encouraged. Join US!

Sincerely,

Tomasz Kosciolek, Ph.D., Unit Chair
Kayla Chase, Ph.D., Recording Secretary
Sreya Ghosh, Ph.D., Head Steward
Bjoern Tackmann, Ph.D., Head Steward
Adam Wier, Ph.D., Head Steward

Dec
8
Thu
San Diego Membership Meeting @ Price Center West, Eleanor Roosevelt College Room
Dec 8 @ 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
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

San Diego Membership Meeting – Resolving Workplace Problems @ Price Center, Red Shoe Room
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.

Feb
8
Wed
San Diego Immigration Info Session @ SME Building, Room 149
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Next week along with UAW Local 2865 (the union for TA’s, Tutors and Readers at UC), we will be co-hosting an information panel about international travel, visas and immigration, and the recent Executive Orders regarding immigration. This will be an opportunity to learn more about how the Executive Orders impact our international community, what rights international student and scholars have, and what to do in case of detention among other topics.

About 65% of Postdocs at UC are international and it is important for us to be informed and actively work together in protecting our community.

Join us!

When: Wednesday, February 8th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: SME Building, Room 149

Panelists:
Ginger Jacobs, Immigration Attorney, Jacobs and Schlesinger LLP
Dr. Isidro Ortiz, Professor, San Diego State University

Please RSVP as we will be providing a light dinner.

Cheers,

Tomasz Kosciolek, Unit Chair
Kayla Chase, Recording Secretary
Sreya Ghosh, Head Steward
Huang Zhu, Head Steward
Adam Wier, Head Steward
Peter Ramirez, Head Steward

Feb
10
Fri
San Diego Happy Hour @ BJ's
Feb 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our February Happy Hour! Partners and colleagues are welcome. Appetizers will be provided; you just cover your tab at a discounted happy hour rate.

When: Friday, February 10 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 pm
Where: BJs 8785 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

Look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Ebrahim Forati, Ph.D., Unit Chair
Pius Adelani, Ph.D., Head Steward
Iva Ivanova, Ph.D., Head Steward
Bjoern Tackmann, Ph.D., Head Steward
Adam Wier, Ph.D., Head Steward

Feb
22
Wed
UCB/LBL – Know Your Rights Immigration Workshop @ Campbell Hall, Room 131
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Along with the UC Berkeley AstroJustice Group, the Postdoc Union presents a workshop with attorneys from immigration law firm Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP. These attorneys have worked with the Postdoc Union for many years and are very familiar with the specific types of visa and immigration scenarios postdocs face. Attorneys will share crucial information and provide legal consultation for every international postdoc and researcher.

Please click here to RSVP

Also, if you would like to hear about a specific visa or immigration issue, please let us know via the RSVP form.

Sincerely,
UCB and LBL Postdoc Union leadership:

Heather M. Harris, UCB Unit Chair
Abby Kroken, UCB Recording Secretary
Benjamin Smarr, UCB Head Steward
Balthazar Lechene, UCB Head Steward
Aman S. Gill, UCB Head Steward
Nils Zimmermann, LBL Unit Chair
Lydia Majure, Trustee
Carly Ebben-Eaton, Trustee

Feb
23
Thu
San Diego Membership Meeting – Get Tax Advice from a Professional @ Price Center, Earl Warren College Room
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s membership meeting we’ll discuss the basics of filing Federal and State taxes with a tax expert from H&R Block. Your peers are also an excellent resource for tax questions and this will be a great opportunity to ask questions and share information.

We are also working on identifying what kind of support we can work with UC to provide to Postdocs affected by the visa ban. Please bring ideas to the meeting.

Lunch will be provided!

Mar
23
Thu
San Diego Membership Meeting – March for Science Planning @ Price Center West, Roosevelt College Room
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s membership meeting we’ll discuss how we can help build the upcoming March for Science in San Diego 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).

Lunch will be provided!