Science Funding and Policy

UC Researchers, Scientists, Postdocs & Faculty make critical contributions to scientific research and have a unique perspective in defending the important role science plays in our universities, communities and across our world.

We believe facts matter and science must not be taken for granted. Our research protects our air and water, fights climate change, pioneers medical breakthroughs, creates new industries and safeguards our future.

The Trump Administration has ushered in a new era of government – one where our research has been ideologically and economically devalued and evidence-based science is under attack.

Read more below about the front-line role our union has played in advocating on behalf of all researchers:

UCLA Postdocs at the Los Angeles March for Science

Current Actions

Media

LBL and Berkeley Postdocs Met with Representative Barbara Lee’s Chief of Staff to Discuss Increasing Research Funding
UC Davis Postdocs at the People’s Climate March in Sacramento

Advocacy

Read The UAW’s Position on Federal Research Funding:
“Federal funding enables universities to perform path-breaking research. It is critical for the future of the U.S. economy, because it provides core support for innovation in fields such as the medical and life sciences, energy use, new technologies, environmental protection, transportation and many others. The resulting innovations can create thousands of jobs.

Federal funding provides salaries and benefits for those who perform this research, including student employees and postdoctoral researchers. It also provides the equipment, materials and training necessary for them to perform their work. The Obama administration and Congress should increase federal funding for existing research and for the basic science that forms the foundation for future research. This is necessary to preserve the leading role our research universities play in innovation and their preeminent role internationally.”

Read More about UAW’s position on Supporting better federal funding for scientific research.

Read these letters from UAW 5810 and other UAW Academic Worker locals supporting federal legislation to increase science funding:

Science Funding and Policy Updates

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It's unacceptable to scapegoat international students and scholars, and it's also bad economic policy: "A new study shows foreign nationals on H-1B visas make it more likely U.S. workers will be employed and have better wage growth"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2020/05/19/immigration-study-finds-h-1b-visas-help-us-college-grads/#1ed815a25c7f

Hey @SecPompeo @DHS_Wolf @USDOL University of Washington Academic Workers refuse to allow non-citizens to be scapegoated while the ultra-wealthy get handouts. STOP THE ATTACKS on international students & scholars! Pls RT. @uaw5810 @uaw2865 @gwcuaw https://www.newsweek.com/2-gop-senators-propose-bill-deny-chinese-nationals-student-visas-amid-growing-tensions-china-1506949

.@SecPompeo .@DHS_Wolf
.@USDOL 30,000 Academic Workers at Univ of California urge you NOT to restrict or suspend F-1/OPT & H-1B visas. STOP the xenophobic bans on international students. Pls RT. @KamalaHarris @uaw2865 @uaw4121 @GWCUAW
http://uaw5810.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Pompeo_Wolf_Scalia_visaimmigration_0522020.pdf

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