We doubled up on bargaining sessions this week and met UC at the table for a two-hour session on Wednesday! To kick things off the Postdoc bargaining team offered a proposal on Parking & Transportation that included campus-specific alternative transportation options to ensure all Postdocs have equitable access to low or zero emissions commuting choices.
UC passed proposals on Union Access and Rights and Union Security. We’re getting closer to agreement on Union Access and Rights, but UC again arrived without proposals on many important topics such as Compensation, Housing, Nondiscrimination, Childcare Support, Leaves of Absence, and many others. UC continues to prioritize limiting our rights, while we are committed to adding and strengthening Postdoc rights through our contract. All the proposals we passed and UC’s proposals can be found in our proposal tracker. Our next session will be September 21.
If you have not done so yet, please take a minute now to add your name to this open letter to UC leadership! More signatures will make the case that our contract demands and recognition of Student Researchers United are important to all Postdocs. If you’ve already signed, click here to get more involved!
FYI: Contract Expiration
If Postdocs and UC don’t reach an agreement by September 30, we can either mutually agree to extend our contract or it will expire. If it expires, not a lot will change for Postdocs because the University must maintain the “status quo”. Our minimum salary scale is still tied to NIH rates + 2 steps, so our raises will continue, both anniversary raises and annual cost-of-living increases, and our rights and benefits will remain in place. We will still be able to enforce our rights under the contract, albeit by different methods: if the contract expires, UC is not obligated to take grievance cases to arbitration but we can still seek recourse through the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and via direct action. Whatever we decide, we need to keep standing together to win these important improvements.
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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