From October 10th to the 20th, members of UAW 2865 and UAW 5810 will be voting on whether to amalgamate UAW 2865 and UAW 5810 into one big local union. The executive boards of both locals have voted unanimously to endorse amalgamation. This historic decision is now in the hands of every member of UAW 2865 and 5810, which is why it’s essential for everyone to know what has led to this moment and how the process will work if we vote to amalgamate.
To learn more about why UAW-UC Academic Workers were originally split into two locals, check out this op-ed by UAW 5810 President Neal Sweeney. And for details on the amalgamation process including how the vote will work and what happens after the vote, check out the Amalgamation Vote FAQ. Additionally, the rank-and-file members and elected officers on the joint UAW 2865 / UAW 5810 Amalgamation Committee will be holding two more statewide Amalgamation webinars on 10/4 at 5:30 pm PST, and 10/10 (the first day of the vote) at 10 am PST. Please click below to register for one of these town halls.
Angel Balam Benítez-Mata
Head Steward, UAW 2865 Irvine
Department of Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine
Mia Carmen Villegas
Academic Researcher Campus Chair, UAW 5810 Irvine
Department of Psychological Science, UC Irvine