Calendar

 
Jan
30
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – The Value of Strong Membership @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 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
21
Wed
Davis – Monthly Postdoc Union Social @ Sophia's Bar
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
26
Mon
Davis – Working People’s Day of Action @ Sacramento Loaves and Fishes
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
Davis (Sacramento) Membership Meeting – Taxes for Postdocs @ Blaisdell Library, room 1106
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 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,

Emma Skoog
Myra Dela Pena-Ponce
David Ramirez
Amy Ryan

Feb
28
Wed
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Taxes for Postdocs @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
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,

Patrick Callahan, Unit Chair
Kevin Brown, Recording Secretary

Mar
31
Sat
18th Annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally @ Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Apr
3
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Debugging your workplace @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for “Debugging your workplace” for Postdocs. In 45 minutes, we will cover:

  • Dissecting your paycheck
  • Solutions to common issues Postdocs face
  • Reviewing your parental leave options
  • Overview of your health benefits
  • Steps towards transitioning out of your Postdoc

If there are other issues you’d like to discuss, email us at santabarbara@uaw5810.org.
Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Patrick Callahan, Unit Chair
Kevin Brown, Recording Secretary

Apr
26
Thu
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Why all academic workers need a union @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for our April Membership meeting next week. We’ll talk about academic unions in the US, including some exciting updates from Postdocs and Researchers across the country who are currently organizing their union!

This is also an excellent opportunity to ask your questions about the Union or any workplace issues in person.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Patrick Callahan, Unit Chair
Kevin Brown, Recording Secretary

May
31
Thu
Organizing The Future of Research with Academic Researchers United @ Stanley Hall, Room 177
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Future of Research promotes grassroots advocacy by researchers and collects data about academia and scientific training. In Gary’s talk, titled “What’s Next, for the Next Generation of Researchers?”, he will present results from the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, a Congressionally-mandated committee convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to examine how to create viable and sustainable career paths for early-career scientists. Postdocs and Academic Researchers from UC Berkeley and LBL will also speak about how they are taking collective action to make improvements.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for a conversation with Postdocs and Academic Researchers on many of the issues we’re facing regarding funding, research, and our careers. The event is open to all, so please help spread the word. There will be more information in weeks to come (including details on live streaming), but for now, save the date!

Jun
5
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Retirement Benefits with Fidelity representative @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For this month’s membership meeting, we have invited Cesar Cap, a retirement planner from Fidelity Investments, to present on the retirement plan options for Postdocs, including the Defined Contribution Plan (DCP), 403b and 457b plans.

You will have the opportunity to ask all of your questions about the plans, the various ways you can invest for the future, and what options you have when your UC employment ends.

Hope to see you there and lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary