We met with UC at the table for another 4-hour session yesterday. Once again, UC was not prepared with responses to the majority of our proposals. In over 13 bargaining sessions — totaling more than 30 hours of negotiating — UC hasn’t passed any Compensation proposals, nor has UC offered responses to our proposals on Housing, Childcare, Nondiscrimination, Respectful Work Environment (anti-bullying), Leaves of Absence, and many others. This is unacceptable. To see all the Union and UC proposals, see our proposal tracker

With our contract set to expire in 3 days, UC proposed a contract extension to allow more time for their team to prepare proposals.  Therefore, we mutually agreed to extend the contract for 6 weeks to November 15. Our next session will be Tuesday, October 5.

NEW: Cost of Living Survey – Please fill it out!
In order to achieve our goal of winning a comprehensive compensation package that accurately reflects the value of Postdoc research and the cost of living near UC campuses, it is important to know the major expenses that Postdocs face such as housing, relocation costs, childcare and transportation. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey that will help inform our union’s bargaining proposals on these topics!


Take the Cost of Living Survey

And 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!

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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