Happy New Year! On Friday we were back at the bargaining table where we made proposals on Union Access and Rights, and Union Security. These proposals are important as they would ensure that all new Postdocs know their rights and can get any questions addressed and problems resolved quickly. We also rejected UC’s proposal to reduce PTO and Sick Leave for some Postdocs who are working part-time.

UC’s team passed a proposal on visa fees claiming it was an improvement but later admitted that it is no different from the status quo (which UC recently violated). Most international scholars have to pay hundreds of dollars in visa fees, and UC currently does not reimburse them. For an institution that claims to value the contributions of international scholars, UC needs to do more. Our proposal on visa fees would ensure equity by making sure no one has to pay extra fees to work at UC. You can read all the proposals from our union and UC on the proposal tracker here

We also met with UC to discuss the Requests for Information that we submitted way back in July 2021. These requests cover basic information about Postdoc working conditions and are critical for us evaluating UC’s responses and making future proposals. But for the majority of the requests, UC has failed to respond or only given a minimal response. This is unlawful and prevents progress at the bargaining table. We reiterated the requests and demanded that UC respond as soon as possible.

Help win strong anti-bullying language. Share your story.
We’re still pushing to win real, enforceable anti-bullying protections. We’ve already heard from a number of Postdocs who have faced harrowing experiences, but more examples of how anti-bullying protections could have helped you will help make the case. We will keep all responses confidential and will discuss with you about how your story will be used. Fill out this form and check the box if you are willing to share your story publicly.

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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