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Nov
28
Tue
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – Appointments @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We invite you to join us for the last membership meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, November 28th.

We’ll talk about everything related to Postdoc Appointments:

  • What should be in my appointment letter?
  • My fellowship is for 3 years – how long should my appointment be?
  • Can I resign mid-appointment? How?
  • What is the difference between “Layoff” and “Dismissal”?

If you have any questions about this topic, or any other topic, or just want to get more information about your rights, please join!

Lunch will be provided.

Dec
5
Tue
San Francisco (Parnassus) Membership Meeting – Appointments @ Kalmanovitz Library, CL-213
Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Jan
9
Tue
San Francisco – Vacancy Election @ UCSF (Mission Bay and Parnassus)
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

On Tuesday, January 9, an Election will take place for 2 Head Steward positions at UCSF. The location/polling times and candidates are as follows:

10am – 1pm | Mission Bay campus – Rock Hall in front of 4th Street entrance
2pm – 6pm | Parnassus campus – Kalmanovitz Library, in front of the main entrance

Vote for two (2) Head Stewards:

Candidate: Akua Gyamerah – Candidate Statement Not Provided
Candidate: Lorenzo Pasquini – Candidate Statement Not Provided
Candidate: Alice Schoenauer-Sebag – Candidate Statement

You can view a sample of the ballot that will be used in the election by clicking here.

Sincerely,

Gokul Ramaswami (Chair), UC Los Angeles
Zahra Hemmatian, UC Berkeley
Gaurav Sharma, UC Davis
Maryam Zahiri Azar, UC Irvine
Tuomas Koskela, LBL
Agustina De Francesco, UC Riverside
Caitlin Taylor, UC Santa Barbara
Mariana Gomez Schiavon, UC San Francisco

Jan
17
Wed
Los Angeles – Coffee Hour @ Bombshelter (outside tables unless it's raining, in which we'll be inside.)
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for a Postdoc union Coffee Hour! Come have coffee and donuts, and socialize with your fellow Postdocs.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Morse, Unit Chair
Miguel Alec Marin, Recording Secretary
Allison Sharrow, Head Steward
​Jihun Huang, Head Steward
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Head Steward

Jan
30
Tue
UCSF Parnassus Membership Meeting – The Value of Strong Membership @ Kalmanovitz Library, room CL-215
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We would like to invite you to our first membership meeting of 2018, on January 30 at 12pm. During this meeting, we’ll kick off the new year with a discussion about our union values and how those values help us protect our rights and win together. During 2017, we accomplished huge contract enforcement victories, we planned and participated in global actions like the March for Science, and we used our Researcher Values petition to have important conversations with elected officials across the state. At this meeting we’ll make plans for the rest of the year to ensure that we continue to build momentum. It looks like 2018 will be full of challenges, and we would love to hear your comments and ideas about the priorities for our union.

Jan
31
Wed
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – The Value of Strong Membership @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We would like to invite you to our first membership meeting of 2018. During this meeting, we’ll kick off the new year with a discussion about our union values and how those values help us protect our rights and win together. During 2017, we accomplished huge contract enforcement victories, we planned and participated in global actions like the March for Science, and we used our Researcher Values petition to have important conversations with elected officials across the state. At this meeting we’ll make plans for the rest of the year to ensure that we continue to build momentum. It looks like 2018 will be full of challenges, and we would love to hear your comments and ideas about the priorities for our union.

Feb
15
Thu
Los Angeles – Coffee Hour @ Bombshelter (outside tables unless it's raining, in which we'll be inside.)
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join on Thursday morning, February 15, for a Postdoc Union coffee hour! Come have donuts and coffee, and socialize with your fellow Postdocs. We are also inviting Academic Researchers, who are in the process of forming a union, so please feel free to bring along any specialist, project scientist, researcher or similar.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Morse, Unit Chair
Miguel Alec Marin, Recording Secretary
Allison Sharrow, Head Steward
​Jihun Huang, Head Steward
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Head Steward

Feb
26
Mon
Los Angeles – Working People’s Day of Action @ Powell Library Steps
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm

This Saturday, February 24, is the Working People’s Day of Action. Thousands of people will take to the streets across the country to protest economic inequality and demand the right to have a say in their working conditions.

In California, there are events across the state, starting on Saturday and extending into next Monday, when the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The case in question would limit the ability of public sector unions (including our union) to collect financial resources that are used to ensure rights and benefits for workers. This case is funded by corporate billionaires and is an attempt to limit the power of unions, which have historically been a driving force in fighting income inequality and institutionalized racism and sexism. Unions are also responsible for many of the benefits all American workers enjoy.

We encourage you to participate in any of the actions in your area, and if you are interested in continuing to fight back against this and other attacks against working people, join our Union! We are stronger together, and your voice, power, and expertise could help us secure even more rights and benefits for Postdocs.

This is a great day to sport our Postdoc Union shirts! Let us know if you’re coming, but don’t have a Postdoc Union shirt yet!

In Solidarity,

Anke Schennink, President, UC Davis
Neal Sweeney, Vice President, UC Santa Cruz
Carlena Ebben Eaton, Financial Secretary, UC Berkeley
Zach Reinert, Recording Secretary, UC Irvine
Matt Grimmer, Trustee, UC San Francisco
William Kelly, Trustee, UC Davis
Lydia Majure, Trustee, UC Berkeley
Aaron Sullivan, Guide, UC San Francisco
Charisse Winston, Sergeant At Arms, UC San Diego

Feb
27
Tue
UCSF Parnassus Membership Meeting @ Kalmanovitz Library, CL-210
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feb
28
Wed
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – Taxes for Postdocs @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Feb 28 @ 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!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Morse, Unit Chair
Miguel Alec Marin, Recording Secretary
Jijun Huang, Head Steward
Allison Sharrow, Head Steward
Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Head Steward