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Univerisity of Washington PostDocs Forming Union- Latest University PostDocs to Unionize!

University of Washington, yet another top notch higher education/research institute known for an impressive history and record setting, right now they claim to be ranked as the #4th top Institution in America.
And that is very impressive, except for the doctorate degree holders (PostDocs or PostDoctoral Fellows) who work and live around the WU would like to see improvements in their working conditions, salaries, benefits and a better equitable treatment along with a Voice to be heard, and they realized they cannot have a voice without a organized structure for them, that is where "PostDoc"Unionization comes into picture.

The UW PostDocs already claimed to have majority support to form PostDoc Union, and they are going conduct an election, but a precursor to legitimize their unity is to get the approval of local labor boards to conduct election, since they got majority support among PostDocs at UW, they sure can win the election and on their way to form Union..!

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Grduate Students Unionization and the Universities legal tactics?

Feb4, 2018: Latest News about Graduate Students Unionization:
AP news today published a report about graduate students unionization movement, it seems some of the Universities are trying to stifle the union efforts and not listening to the graduate students, despite the graduate student's gone through labor board approvals, after a labor board approved voting results and more. Instead of negotiating with unionized graduate students, the Universities reportedly finding some legal tactics to fight and are going to court?...So what?, Graduate Student's must realize that this is a tough area that most universities will resist and put up a fight, however what you are doing is for a good cause so never give up, despite this bad news I hope graduate student's will triumph!.
The fact is: Not all universities Oppose Graduate Students unionization: Although there are couple of Universities that filed suit to reverse the labor board rulings on graduate students union efforts. The labor…

Unionization at Yale?- Graduate Students anticipate Yale to recognize Union...!!!

Unionization at Yale, that is pretty hard to believe right?,let us first clear the fact that this is graduate student union [not PostDoc Union] along with AFL-CIOs local 33, according to this "Courant" report, the graduate students have been trying to appeal to the Yale University to recognize their union effort for many years and the struggle between them is still ongoing. It has reached a point where both parties must make their final decision and it is now...!!From this Blog, wish them good luck.
The PostDocs at Yale are not yet unionized (some day PostDocs too will Unionize...!!, I am sure they know and watched the unfolding, look no further than your neighbor UCHC at Farmington, the first ever PostDoc union, UCHC has become one of the finest medical/scientific/research facility in America, when the administration understands and support the various stakeholders of the University or Institution, it will become a great place for higher learning and research, it's a who…

New Federal Overtime Rules and Fair treatment for PostDocs!!

Finally, despite all the odds of science funding cuts and change in politics, policies in DC, Francis S. Collins and Thomas E.Perez's huff blog post sounds petty interesting and timely, it looks like the top scientific leaders of the nation, and scientists from various organizations are working together to make "Postdoc" experience a better part of a scientists life,thereby enhancing a postdocs life. Still long way to go in this goal, but a good direction. Some of the leaders suggested explicit salary increase that would set base salary for Postdoc to be $50,000, that is the start up postdoc salary. Not a bad idea at all, the Unionization already brought up the base salary quite significantly compared to where it was 10 or 15 years ago, and making further improvement to it will go well for the entire scientific community and for the nation to make progress in Scientific and medical field.
Fair Pay for Postdocs: Why We Support New Federal Overtime Rules By Francis S. Collin…

Political intrusion combined with scarce funding hurts research and medical specialty

Young and budding med graduates and surgeons discouraged by entering into "high-risk" speciality like cardiac surgery due to political interference and blaming?Retired NHS Senior cardiac surgeon Dr.Stephen Westaby is disturbed by the sear amount of political interference in cardiac surgery field in UK, when you combine that with a bad politics with bad press and inundated hospital management, who would choose such specialty?. And, what kind of progress can be made in research and clinical technology....... read more about how "blame is putting off budding surgeons" in this Telegraph column written by Dr.Michael FitzpatrickBlame is putting off budding surgeons Westaby is frustrated by the difficulties of securing funding for research and technological innovation in his specialty, and infuriated by the intrusion of hospital bureaucracy and managerialism into clinical practice. Like many doctors of a certain age, he is exasperated at all the time wasted, "at…

Is the "ongoing PostDocs Crisis"a symptom of Broader problems Plaguing BioMedical Research, Are the PostDocs a Grunt work force of today's Science?

The "plight of PostDocs"has become a major crisis of the Science/biomedical research field, however, where is the crux of the problem lies?. It is the  academic structure itself is the basis for this terrible young scientists crisis. While the awareness about impending issue amongst the postdocs, academics and administrators is slowly picking up steam after almost a Decade of our UCONN Health Center Postdocs Unionization,the mainstream media and scientific media broadly ignored this topic. Seems like they are ready to write about it, I am hoping it is time they too come forward and participate, create and raise awareness about the plight of postdocs and that is actually the plight of our todays scientific research field. The following Boston globe "Metro" news piece seems like a step in that direction of mainstream participation.              Gary McDowell, 29 a Biology student reveals the cliff of PostDocs crisis, he quotes that the lab bench work and research for…

PostDocs in the UK: Do the University employed PostDocs have better "Output" than others, study says Yes.

Univresity PostDocs vs PostDocs in other Places(like industry, institutions and pvt labs?)
In this interesting "Exploratory" research study, carried out by PLOS One, those postdocs working in the university set up seems to have more publications or demonstrated a better out put compared to those who employed in industry or pvt labs or institutions etc., in the academic world the out put of an individual (postdoc or faculty or graduate) is mostly measured by how many papers one can publish. It is so important for PostDocs than a graduate or for that matter even for a faculty. As the faculties enjoy University job and its advantages, the PostDocs are like asylum seekers inside a faculties lab to train themselves for the future. While Faculties too must work hard and get papers in order to survive and get promotions and better salaries, it is the PostDoc who is in desperate need of papers and more papers published, and interestingly that is a good news for the faculty as they r…