Bargaining Highlights from 5/26 and 6/2

  • We exchanged proposals on Respectful Work Environment (Anti-Bullying) but UC continues to include provisions that would render the article toothless like eliminating all meaningful timelines for resolution. This is unacceptable because justice delayed is justice denied! UC’s negotiators also made snide remarks and laughed at how UC has been refusing to enact anti-bullying protections for years (gross!).
  • We are continuing to push for equity for international scholars by securing reimbursement of visa fees. These visa fees are expensive and a burden for an international Postdoc, but for a 6+ billion dollar institution like UC, they are pocket change. You might have seen the recent news that UC purchased a $6.5 million dollar mansion for UC President Michael Drake? If UC can afford such a mansion, UC can afford to cover the visa fees that international scholars must pay to work.
  • We have been waiting for months for responses from UC on many topics including Union Security, Disability access, Work Authorization, Grievance and Arbitration, anti-discrimination training, childcare subsides, housing support, and relocation stipends.
  • Check out all the proposals on our tracking sheet.

What We’re Fighting For
These contract negotiations are about Postdocs’ vision for a fair workplace. And with all 48,000 UC academic workers represented by UAW (Postdocs, Academic Researchers, Teaching Assistants, Tutors, Readers and Student Researchers) bargaining for new contracts simultaneously, we have a tremendous opportunity to win huge improvements on a host of issues. Our priorities include:

  • Increase in compensation and financial support to address exorbitant California housing costs
  • Enforceable mechanisms to address bullying in the workplace
  • Promote gender equity by expanding paid parental leave and winning childcare support
  • Subsidized public transit to work to address climate change
  • Longer appointments to enable longer visas for international scholars, and more job security for all
  • Reimbursement of visa fees
  • Support for disabled Postdocs to ensure that all access needs are met
  • Improved union rights, including improved processes for dispute resolution

Through our collective strength as a workforce, we have the power to win on all these issues but it is critical that all Postdocs get involved so that UC understands that we are united and committed to winning.

How you can help Postdocs win!
There are tons of ways to get involved. The most simple and important step you can take is to sign up to be a dues-paying member of your union. Our leverage at the bargaining table is directly correlated to the percentage of Postdocs who are dues-paying members. If you are not currently signed-up, or are not sure, please click here to join!

Additionally, it’s important to get involved — some ways include keeping other members of your lab informed about bargaining, providing a quote about why bargaining is important to you, and helping sign up your Postdoc colleagues as members. And all members are able to join our weekly bargaining sessions with UC. You can click here to RSVP for bargaining.

In solidarity,
Postdoc Bargaining Team and Alternates

Anne Klotz, UC Berkeley
Gilbert Bernstein, UC Berkeley
Chris Hart, UC Davis
Adam Davis, UC Davis
Zack Urbach, UC Irvine
Bryan Neumann, UC Irvine
Tim Kodalle, LBL
Jesse Livezey, LBL
James Boocock, UC Los Angeles
SJ Spencer, 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
Evan Plunkett, UC Santa Barbara
Tejas Navaratna, UC Santa Barbara
Jordan Eizenga, UC Santa Cruz

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