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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
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

Mar
1
Thu
San Francisco – Coffee Hour @ Blackthorn Tavern
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us for our monthly 1st Thursday Postdoc Union Happy Hour! Come enjoy casual conversation, networking, and get to know your Postdoc colleagues. All Postdocs are welcome, so invite your friends with the Facebook event!

Mar
14
Wed
Los Angeles – From the Lab to Ballot, a 314 Action Panel Discussion @ Neuroscience Research Building (Rm. 132)
Mar 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A panel discussion and Q&A session focused on mobilizing STEM trained individuals to participate in politics and government featuring Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist running for Congress, Prof. Edward Walker, Sociology Professor at UCLA whose research focuses on the politics of social movements and grassroots organizing; Jamie Tijerina, a scientist and community activist; and Alex Bradley, March for Science Los Angeles Communications Director. For more information and to RSVP, check out the event details here and please contact UAW 5810 steward Katie Eichorn at ceichhor@gmail.com​ with any questions.

Mar
21
Wed
Los Angeles – Coffee Hour with Academic Researchers United @ The Bombshelter Bistro
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join for a coffee hour co-hosted by the Postdoc Union and Academic Researchers United, a group of Project Scientists, Specialists, Researchers and others who are in the process for forming a union at UC! Come have coffee and socialize and feel free to bring along your colleagues, especially fellow Postdocs or Academic Researchers.

Sincerely,

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

Mar
24
Sat
Los Angeles – March for Our Lives @ Pershing Square
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am

After the latest shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida survivors have organized a nationwide day of action to call for action on gun control. In Los Angeles there will be a rally and march at Pershing Square in Downtown.

Please join us!

Sincerely,

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

Mar
28
Wed
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – Debugging your workplace @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Mar 28 @ 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 losangeles@uaw5810.org

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

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

Apr
25
Wed
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – Why all academic workers need a union @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
Apr 25 @ 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,

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

May
15
Tue
Los Angeles – Coffee Hour with Academic Researchers United @ The Bombshelter Bistro
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join for a coffee hour co-hosted by the Postdoc Union and Academic Researchers United, a group of Project Scientists, Specialists, Researchers and others who are in the process for forming a union at UC! Come have coffee and socialize and feel free to bring along your colleagues, especially fellow Postdocs or Academic Researchers.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Unit Chair
Miguel Alec Marin, Recording Secretary
Victor Réville, Head Steward
Mohamed Soliman, Head Steward

May
30
Wed
Los Angeles Membership Meeting – Retirement Benefits with Fidelity Representative @ Biomedical Sciences Research Building, Room 154
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For this month’s membership meeting, we have invited Andrew Fung, 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.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Unit Chair
Victor Réville, Head Steward
Mohamed Soliman, Head Steward