Postdoc Bargaining 2021

Bargaining is the process by which we negotiate a new contract with the university that will determine our working conditions (wages, benefits, etc.). By demonstrating to the University of California administration that Postdocs are an organized majority that will pressure the university through collective actions until our demands are met, we can win a contract that builds on our previous victories and makes UC a more equitable research environment. 


Get Involved

Success in bargaining in large part depends on what takes place outside the bargaining room. To win at the bargaining table, the involvement and activism of every union member is critical. We need to be united and committed to our bargaining demands to ensure that we get a fair and strong contract. In the coming months, you can directly contribute to winning a strong contract by:

UAW Local 5810 - The Union of Postdocs and Academic Researchers

UC can and must do more to support women and caregivers who continue to be economically impacted by the pandemic. The NIH recently responded by providing a child care stipend, and UC should follow suit, with expanded paid leave and stipends for child care.

Our next Early Career Roundtable centres on workers' rights and representation. We will welcome representatives from @ifut and @TUIunion and an international guest from @UAW5810. Check out the free online event at

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