Merced Membership Meeting – March for Science Planning @ SE2-220
Mar 28 @ 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 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).

Lunch will be provided!

Merced Membership Meeting – Next Steps After the March for Science @ SE2-302
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The April 22nd March for Science marks a historic day of action for researchers at UC, and across the country. At our meeting this month, we will be talking about how we can maintain the momentum from the March, build solidarity within the scientific community, and engage the public to help push back against anti-science policies. Bring your creative ideas!

Lunch will be provided!

Merced Membership Meeting – Postdoc Housing @ SSM 217 (El Capitan)
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Access and affordability of housing is a concern for many, if not all of us. At this month’s membership meeting, we’ll explore the specific housing challenges UC Postdocs face, discuss what options exist at our campus, and talk about how the Postdoc Union can work to increase housing access.

Lunch will be provided: vegetarian-friendly Mexican food!

Merced Membership Meeting – Central Valley & Pitch90 @ SE2-302
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

I am pleased to announce that the President of the UAW5810, Anke Schennink, will be in our meeting to chat with UCM postdocs and get to know more about our community in the Central Valley region. I am also excited to announce the continuation of our career development event now named Pitch 90. This is also scheduled for July 28 (noon-1pm). This is an event created by UCM Postdocs (special thanks to Yu, Nate, and Jing). This is a great opportunity for us to improve our oral and improvisation skills.

Merced – Happy Hour @ Gabe's Tavern
Jul 28 @ 6:30 pm
Merced Membership Meeting – Retirement Planning @ SE2-302
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

At this month’s campus membership meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to ask all of your questions about retirement plan options for Postdocs, including the Defined Contribution Plan (DCP). We’ll be joined by a retirement planner from Fidelity Investments, who can provide expert advice. We will also update you on the status of our statewide grievance over UC’s proposal to increase Postdoc retirement plan fees. Hope to see you there!

Merced Membership Meeting @ Science and Engineering Building II,
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Merced Membership Meeting – Resolving Workplace Conflict @ Science & Engineering II, Room 302 (SE2-302)
Oct 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Merced Membership Meeting – Appointments @ SE2-224
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Merced Membership Meeting – Taxes for Postdocs @ Science & Engineering Building 2 (SE2)
Feb 27 @ 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!


Fernanda Santos
Mélaine Aubry-Kientz