Calendar

 
May
24
Thu
Davis Membership Meeting – Retirement Planning @ Life Science Building, LSA 1020
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For this month’s membership meeting, we have invited Rand Erickson, 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!

Jun
27
Wed
Davis Membership Meeting — Teaching Opportunities for Postdocs @ GBSF 4202, UC Davis campus
Jun 27 @ 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!

UCSF Mission Bay Membership Meeting — Postdoc Housing @ Mission Hall, MH-2110
Jun 27 @ 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
18
Wed
Davis Postdoc Union Social – Farmers Market @ Farmers Market (Central Park by the stone picnic tables at the north side of the park)
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm

Did you spend your day in a cold lab or alone in front of the computer? Come and hang out with your fellow Postdocs at this weeks Farmers Market. Colleagues and family are also welcome to join.

The social will be preceded by a steward meeting at 5:30, same place. Anyone interested in engaging in the union is welcome to come to that meeting as well.

Sincerely,

Emma Skoog, Unit Chair
Myra Dela Pena-Ponce, Recording Secretary
David Ramirez, Head Steward
Amy Ryan, Head Steward

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
26
Thu
Davis Membership Meeting — Community Organizing @ Physics Building, Room 432
Jul 26 @ 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,

Emma Skoog, Unit Chair
Myra Dela Pena-Ponce, Recording Secretary
David Ramirez, Head Steward
Amy Ryan, Head Steward

UCSF Mission Bay Membership Meeting — Postdoc Community Organizing @ Mission Hall, MH-2110
Jul 26 @ 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
22
Wed
Davis Membership Meeting – Benefits Info @ Genome Building (GBSF), Room 2202
Aug 22 @ 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 davis@uaw5810.org.

Lunch will be provided!

Sincerely,

Emma Skoog, Unit Chair
Myra Dela Pena-Ponce, Recording Secretary
David Ramirez, Head Steward
Amy Ryan, Head Steward

Aug
30
Thu
UCSF Mission Bay Membership Meeting — Benefits Info @ Mission Hall, MH-2105
Aug 30 @ 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

Sep
6
Thu
UCSF Mission Bay – Happy Hour with Academic Researchers United @ Oda (on the Mission Bay Campus)
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm

First Thursday Happy Hour is back! This month’s social will be co-hosted by the Postdoc Union and Academic Researchers United, a group of Project Scientists, Specialists, Researchers who are in the process of forming a union at UC. All are welcome to come socialize and network with fellow researchers. We will also be having a fun science themed raffle for our Voluntary Community Action Program.

If you are not a part of our Postdoc Union and would like to be, please click here to sign up. Additionally, if you have any questions about membership or our Union in general, please email us!

For more information about Academic Researchers United, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Matt Grimmer, Trustee
on behalf of the Stewards and Leaders of the Postdoc Union

Luke Bonser,
on behalf of the Academic Researchers United Organizing Committee