12/15 Bargaining Update
At this week’s bargaining session, we passed UC a series of non-economic package proposals that include a number of our key issues including equity at work,  job security and longer visas, professional development, and union rights. UC didn’t have a response to our proposals but did finally respond to our Personal Time Off and Sick Time proposals, which we had passed to them over two months ago(!). Check out these and all our union and UC proposals in this tracker.

Big Momentum Heading into 2022
As we approach the end of 2021, we look back on the past year with pride at the collective power that our union and other UAW academic employees unions at UC (UAW 2865 and Student Researchers United-UAW) have exercised in the face of extraordinary challenges and obstacles. And with UC finally agreeing to recognize and begin bargaining with Student Researchers United-UAW–the largest new union of 2021–we are thrilled at the momentum Postdocs and all UAW academic employees at UC have built heading into 2022. 

What Comes Next
After the holiday break, our two next bargaining sessions are on January 7 and January 18. In addition, Student Researchers will begin bargaining their first-ever union contract in early 2022. They will be followed shortly thereafter by UAW 2865 (Teaching Assistants, Readers and Tutors), and our UAW 5810 colleagues in the Academic Researcher unit (Project Scientists, Specialists, Professional Researchers, and CPPs). This means that in 2022, the over 48,000 UAW-represented academic employees at UC will have an unprecedented opportunity to advance our shared goals. As your Bargaining Team our immediate priorities in negotiations over the next few months will include: 

  • Creating a more inclusive and equitable research environment including stronger anti-bullying protections, and better accessibility for Postdocs with disabilities;
  • Increasing compensation and comprehensive benefits, including affordable housing, child care stipends and enhanced paid family leave;
  • Improving Postdoc job security and opportunities for career development
  • Winning longer visa lengths, visa fee subsides, and other provisions to support International Scholars; and
  • Public transit subsidies to address the climate crisis

Our ability to win these necessary and well-deserved improvements depends on all Postdocs participating in the process. Please Click here if you would like to get more involved in bargaining.

We wish you a healthy and happy holiday season, and look forward to winning a great contract in the new year! 

In solidarity,

Postdoc Bargaining Team and Alternates

Sarah Arveson, UC Berkeley
Gilbert Bernstein, UC Berkeley
Chris Hart, UC Davis
Adam Schneider, UC Irvine
Tim Kodalle, LBL
Jesse Livezey, LBL
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
Anne Sapiro, UC San Francisco
Caitlin Taylor, UC Santa Barbara
Jacob Porter, UC Santa Cruz
Jasmeet Dhaliwal, UC Santa Cruz

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