Happy New Year! 2018 will be an important year for our Union as we build on the progress we’ve made to protect our rights as researchers and look forward to upcoming elections. To kick off 2018 and discuss all of the ways to get more involved with our Union, we are having a party on February 1st! This will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about our stewards network, meet fellow supportive Postdocs and Union leaders from UCB and LBL, and begin to plan what we will accomplish together in 2018.
We are also launching working groups to take on specific issues of interest to Postdocs, and you can learn more about the working groups and sign up here. Proposed working groups include Political Action, International Researchers, and Equity & Diversity. Sign up, and then join us on February 1st to meet your fellow working group members and start making plans!
We will provide alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and RSVPs are strongly encouraged to ensure that we have enough drinks! We will also have a potluck, so please plan to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The union office is a short walk from campus, close to the Downtown Berkeley BART station.
Nils Zimmermann, LBL
Mamun Miah, LBL
Evan Pease, LBL
Heather Harris, UCB
Abby Kroken, UCB
Ben Smarr, UCB
Aman Gill, UCB
Claire Dodd, UCB
Xiangyu Cao, UCB
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!
We will host a coffee hour next Friday at 2PM. Drop by to have a cup of coffee and mingle with fellow Postdocs!
This coffee hour will serve as a special membership meeting where we will be voting for an LBL 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.
There will also be materials at the coffee hour for making signs for the March for Science next Saturday.
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.
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!
Our union will host another coffee hour tomorrow at 2 PM. Drop by to have a cup of coffee, connect with fellow researchers, get answers to any questions you may have about rights and benefits, and discuss ways that we can build our membership!
Hope to see you there!