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Feb
22
Thu
Irvine Membership Meeting – Taxes for Postdocs @ Natural Sciences II, Room 4206
Feb 22 @ 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!

Alicia Hall, Unit Chair
Zach Reinert, Recording Secretary

Feb
24
Sat
Executive Board Meeting @ UC Irvine Natural Sciences 1, FRH 3034 (Reines Hall)
Feb 24 @ 11:30 am
Feb
26
Mon
Irvine – Working People’s Day of Action @ Aldrich Hall
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

Mar
29
Thu
Irvine Membership Meeting – Debugging your workplace @ Natural Sciences II, Room 4206
Mar 29 @ 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 irvine@uaw5810.org

Lunch will be provided!

Alicia Hall, Unit Chair
Zach Reinert, Recording Secretary

Irvine – Coffee Hour with Academic Researchers United @ Bench area next to Medical Surge (near bridge to science library)
Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm

We are co-hosting a coffee hour with Academic Researchers United on Wednesday, March 14th at 10 AM. Drop by to have a cup of coffee and cookies, and mingle with fellow researchers!

Sincerely,

Alicia Hall, Unit Chair
Zach Reinert, Recording Secretary

Apr
26
Thu
Irvine Membership Meeting – Why all academic workers need a union @ Natural Sciences II, Room 4206
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!

Alicia Hall, Unit Chair
Zach Reinert, Recording Secretary

May
31
Thu
Irvine Membership Meeting – Retirement Benefits @ Natural Sciences II, Room 4206
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For this month’s membership meeting, we will discuss retirement plan options for Postdocs, including the Defined Contribution Plan (DCP), 403b and 457b plans, as well as the various ways you can invest for the future, and what options you have when your UC employment ends.

Lunch will be provided!

Alicia Hall, Unit Chair
Zach Reinert, Recording Secretary

Jul
31
Tue
Irvine – Coffee Hour with Academic Researchers United @ Engineering Tower (Front Patio Area)
Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us 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 of forming a union at UC!

Come have coffee, socialize and find out more about our current efforts. Feel free to bring along your colleagues, especially fellow Postdocs or Academic Researchers.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Eric Montoya, Recording Secretary
Alexander Cho, Steward
Clare Flynn, Steward
Alicia Hall, Steward
Roberto Yus Peirote, Steward
Maryam Zahiri Azar, Steward

Aug
14
Tue
Irvine – Researcher Ice Cream Social @ Natural Science 2, Patio Area
Aug 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come beat the heat and enjoy some ice cream with fellow Postdocs and Researchers. We are cohosting an ice cream social with Academic Researchers United, a group of Project Scientists, Researchers and Specialists who are currently in the effort of forming their union.

This will be an opportunity to learn more about your union, ask questions and mingle with other researchers. Everybody in the lab is welcome.

Click here to RSVP and help us get a head count of how much ice cream to bring.

See you there!

Eric Montoya, Recording Secretary
Alexander Cho, Steward
Clare Flynn, Steward
Alicia Hall, Steward
Roberto Yus Peirote, Steward
Maryam Zahiri Azar, Steward

Aug
23
Thu
Irvine Membership Meeting – Benefits Info @ Natural Sciences II, Room 4206
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This month during our Membership Meeting, we’ll discuss the UC Postdoc Benefits Plan:

  • How does health insurance work in the US?
  • What is the difference between the HMO and the PPO medical plan?
  • What are my out-of-pocket medical expenses?
  • How to find a General Physician/Pediatrician/Dentist/Endodontist?
  • And more.

Especially helpful if you’re a relatively new Postdoc, or you want to educate yourself on all options before the Open Enrollment period coming up in October.

If you have a question right now, feel free to let us know at irvine@uaw5810.org.

Sincerely,

Eric Montoya, Recording Secretary
Alexander Cho, Steward
Clare Flynn, Steward
Alicia Hall, Steward
Roberto Yus Peirote, Steward
Maryam Zahiri Azar, Steward