Calendar

 
May
29
Tue
Merced Membership Meeting – Retirement Planning @ Science & Engineering II, Room 224 (SE2-224)
May 29 @ 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!

Jun
20
Wed
Merced — Coffee Hour with Academic Researchers United @ Kolligan Library
Jun 20 @ 3:00 pm

Academic Researchers United and the Postdoc Union are co-hosting a coffee hour next Wednesday, June 20th. Drop by to have a cup of coffee, meet new colleagues at UCM and connect with fellow researchers to discuss ways that we can build a stronger research community!

Hope to see you there!

Jun
26
Tue
Merced Membership Meeting — Teaching Opportunities for Postdocs @ Science & Engineering II, Room 302 (SE2-302)
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in gaining teaching experience? In this month’s membership meeting, we will discuss opportunities for Postdocs to expand 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!

Aug
7
Tue
Merced Membership Meeting — Community Organizing @ Science & Engineering II, Room 302 (SE2-302)
Aug 7 @ 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!

Mohsen Torabi, Unit Chair
Martha Kandziora, Recording Secretary

Aug
9
Thu
Santa Cruz Membership Meeting – Community Organizing @ Earth & Marine Sciences (E&MS) room A333
Aug 9 @ 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.

Food will be provided!

Sincerely,

Rosie Gradoville, Unit Chair

Aug
28
Tue
Merced Membership Meeting — Benefits Info @ Science & Engineering II, Room 302 (SE2-302)
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 merced@uaw5810.org.

Lunch will be provided!

Mohsen Torabi, Unit Chair
Martha Kandziora, Recording Secretary

Oct
20
Sat
Canvassing in Nevada
Oct 20 – Oct 21 all-day

UAW members from Nevada have asked for our help to campaign for Jacky Rosen for US Senate. She is currently a member of the House of Representatives on the Science, Space and Technology committee, and she is running to replace current Senator Dean Heller, a Republican who has largely voted with Trump. This race is critical to flipping the Senate!

Early voting in Nevada starts the weekend of October 20-21, so we’ll be doing on-the-ground canvassing to help get out the vote. We’ll be working in pairs and will be provided with training when we get to Nevada, so prior canvassing experience is not needed.

We will be coordinating bus transportation from Northern CA to Reno and from Southern CA to Las Vegas with fellow UAW members, and hotel rooms in Reno and Las Vegas will be provided. We will spend Saturday and Sunday campaigning, and then hop on the buses back to California on Sunday afternoon.

This is going to be an important and fun weekend! All Postdocs who want to join are welcome, along with family members, friends, etc. – the more the merrier! Please email uaw5810@uaw5810.org if you have any questions, and RSVP here.

Oct
22
Mon
Deadline to Register to Vote
Oct 22 all-day

If you are eligible to vote, now is the time to get ready for the upcoming Midterm elections, held on Tuesday, November 6.

For California residents, the deadline to register to vote is October 22, 2018.

Unsure if you’re registered to vote in California? Check your voter registration status here!
Have you moved since the last election? Re-register to vote today!

Any California registered voter may request to vote using a vote-by-mail ballot. You do not have to be “absent” or “out of town on election day” to vote by mail in California. You may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot just because you want to.

Oct
23
Tue
Merced Membership Meeting – Why the midterm election is critical to all Postdocs @ Science & Engineering II, Room 302 (SE2-302)
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join us for a membership meeting on the upcoming midterm elections! Postdocs have a lot to gain during the upcoming November 6 election. We’ll briefly discuss what’s at stake, how the federal and state law-making process works, and how science and research are impacted. We’ll also present our Science Slate, including our endorsed California propositions.

Lunch will be provided!

Nov
3
Sat
Canvass for Josh Harder @ North Valley Labor Federation, in the old St. Clair Theater
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am

Join Postdocs from Davis, Merced and Berkeley to walk precincts in support of Josh Harder, who is challenging Rep. Jeff Denham. Meet in Modesto on Saturday morning

Are you in? Do you want to carpool? RSVP here