In 2016, our Union proposed a child care subsidy for Postdocs, similar to what UC student-workers have won in their union contract. At the time, UC’s negotiator, Nadine Fishel, stated to UC Postdocs that UC would implement a child care subsidy as soon as UCPath is fully online.

A graphic with the UAW 5810 logo and text that reads, 'Did you know? Average Postdoc monthly pay is $5,000 and the average monthly cost of UC child care is $2,380'
This was a lie. Not only has UC failed to implement a child care subsidy since UCPath was completed in 2020, it has rejected our child care subsidy proposal in bargaining this year.

Meanwhile, our surveys show that it is increasingly difficult to balance being a Postdoc and a parent:

  • 86% of Postdocs with children have child care costs that exceed the affordability limit set by the federal government (10% of income)
  • 10% of Postdocs with children cannot afford child care altogether
  • 68% of Postdocs report a lack of family-friendly policies at UC make them less likely to start/expand their family or to stay in academia

In response to these conditions, we have proposed that UC adds a Postdoc child care subsidy and expands paid family leave. Studies from UC researchers document how a lack of family-friendly policies for Postdocs directly leads to gender inequity in STEM fields, and NIH and other federal funding agencies expressly encourage institutions to subsidize child care costs and expand paid family leave. UC needs to stop dragging its feet on making these important improvements! Winning child care subsidies, more parental leave and other equity provisions will take all Postdocs standing together.

Due to UC’s unlawful behavior at the bargaining table, behavior that is preventing us from reaching a fair agreement, we will hold a strike authorization vote on November 8-19. Please fill out this form to get 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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