We were back at the bargaining table with UC yesterday for a 3-hour session. We passed many proposals and reached agreement on several articles. UC’s team is still stalling so it’s critical that all Postdocs sign this open letter calling on UC leadership to bargain a fair contract that improves Postdoc compensation, equity and inclusion policies, job security, and green transportation options. Please take a minute now to add your name!

Sign the letter to UC Administration to help win a great Postdoc Contract!

In yesterday’s bargaining session, we presented proposals which include:

  • Allowing Personal Time Off to roll over from one year to the next and be paid out at the end of the appointment
  • Improvements to healthcare coverage for mental health, telehealth, acupuncture, fertility care, and removing eligibility barriers to gender-affirming care, and
  • Requiring UC to provide at least 90 days’ notice for a layoff due to loss of funding, which is especially important for international Postdocs on visas.

We made counterproposals on job security and union rights and signed tentative agreements on several articles where both sides agreed to maintain the current contract language. You can read all the proposals we passed and UC’s proposals in our proposal tracker.  

Regarding UC’s bargaining team, it was the same story: no serious proposals. Their counterproposal on Parking and Transportation would increase parking rates by as much as 25% while paying lip-service to green transportation options. While we proposed Postdocs getting free transit passes to help achieve UC’s goal of carbon neutrality, UC proposed merely “encouraging” us to take public transportation “when available.”  Uhhhh no — we need a real transit benefit! UC’s team also floated some vague ideas about Postdoc compensation but (once again) they had no actual salary proposal prepared for us to consider so.… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.  Our next session will be Wednesday 9/15. 

Member participation is critical to winning a strong contract. The bargaining committee holds weekly meetings that are open to all Postdoc members. There are lots of ways to get involved to fight for issues you’re passionate about! Click here to get involved and click here to sign the open letter!

In solidarity,
Postdoc Bargaining Team and Alternates

Sarah Arveson, UC Berkeley
Gilbert Bernstein, UC Berkeley
Chris Hart, UC Davis
Adam Schneider, UC Irvine
Zachary Zeidler, UC Los Angeles
Lejla Medzikovic, UC Los Angeles
Brad Barker, UC Merced
Ingrid Padilla Espinosa, UC Merced
Tyler Bell, UC San Diego
Adam Caparco, UC San Diego
Jade Moore, UC San Francisco
Putu Ustriyana, UC San Francisco
Caitlin Taylor, UC Santa Barbara
Heda Agic, UC Santa Barbara
Jacob Porter, UC Santa Cruz
Jasmeet Dhaliwal, UC Santa Cruz

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