Calendar

 
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
29
Tue
UCSF Parnassus Membership Meeting – Retirement Planning @ Kalmanovitz Library, CL-220
May 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For this month’s membership meeting, we have invited Nancy Pargot, 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.

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

Jun
24
Sun
Santa Barbara – Researcher and Postdoc BBQ @ Stow Grove Park
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join us on Sunday, June 24 for a barbecue 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! This will be a great chance to meet other researchers and enjoy some sunshine and good food.

Colleagues (especially fellow Academic Researchers), friends, and partners are welcome to join!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here and let us know if you or anyone in your party has any dietary restrictions.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

Jun
26
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Teaching Opportunities for Postdocs @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in gaining teaching experience as a Postdoc? In this month’s membership meeting, we will discuss opportunities for Postdocs to hone our teaching skills as part of career development. We’ll talk about different kinds of teaching, whether formal or informal, and how to build those experiences into your CV. And we’ll also discuss opportunities for teaching in the area, both within UC and outside.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

UCSF Parnassus Membership Meeting — Postdoc Housing @ Kalmanovitz Library, CL-210
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Access and affordability of housing is a concern for many, if not all of us. Please join us at this month’s membership meeting discussing the specific housing challenges UC Postdocs face, how the Postdoc Union can work to increase housing access, and all options that exist at our campus. We will also report back on the responses we got from the UCSF Campus Housing Survey.

Lunch will be provided!

Jul
21
Sat
San Francisco – Annual Potluck @ Golden Gate Park, Marx Meadows
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join fellow postdocs and academic researchers for our annual Postdoc Union Potluck Picnic, cohosted with Academic Researchers United. You and your family are all invited! Please bring something to share if you are able. Feel free to bring your labmates and friends!

Please email if you have any questions and if you’d like to help out. (Also, a small cash donation for alcoholic beverages is appreciated.)

Sincerely,

Juliane Winkler, Unit Chair
Alice Schoenauer-Sebag, Head Steward
Akua Gyamerah, Head Steward
Leila Mohammadi, Head Steward
Matt Grimmer, Trustee

Jul
31
Tue
Santa Barbara Membership Meeting – Community Organizing @ Bren Hall, Room 4016
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The benefits and protections important to Postdocs are under attack because of a series of court decisions and policy changes, among which the billionaire-funded Janus v AFSCME case against public-sector unions. Please join your fellow Postdocs at this month’s membership meeting to discuss how we can fight to protect our right to stand together and advocate for ourselves and our profession.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Kevin Brown, Unit Chair
Dhananjay Thakur, Recording Secretary

UCSF Parnassus Membership Meeting — Postdoc Community Organizing @ Kalmanovitz Library 210
Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The benefits and protections important to Postdocs are under attack because of a series of court decisions and policy changes, among which is the billionaire-funded Janus v AFSCME case against public-sector unions. Please join your fellow Postdocs at this month’s membership meeting to discuss how we can fight to protect our right to stand together and advocate for ourselves and our profession.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Juliane Winkler, Unit Chair
Alice Schoenauer-Sebag, Head Steward
Akua Gyamerah, Head Steward
Leila Mohammadi, Head Steward
Matt Grimmer, Trustee

Aug
28
Tue
UCSF Parnassus Membership Meeting — Benefits Info @ Kalmanovitz Library, CL-214
Aug 28 @ 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 sanfrancisco@uaw5810.org.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Juliane Winkler, Unit Chair
Alice Schoenauer-Sebag, Head Steward
Akua Gyamerah, Head Steward
Leila Mohammadi, Head Steward
Matt Grimmer, Trustee