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April 02, 2008

University of Alaska PostDocs-Finalized UNION CONTRACT!!

Congratulations to Alaskan PostDocs!
Three instersting "PostDoc News" caught my eyes & attention this week. One is the news from Canada, where postdocs are in the process of getting labour board approval to unionize....!!. The second news is the University of Alaska PostDocs finalized negotiation with the university through the union.
The third news, some universities are making huge changes to PostDoc Policies by increasing salaries and benefits as much as $9,000 to 10,000 increase in salary and benefits (I lost the reference, I will list it soon). At the outset, thought things are happening bit slow, I am very delighted to see that postdocs are slowly getting their due recognition. And, appropriate steps were taken to compensate their toil and their educational qualifications. But, who does the initiative and leg work for PostDocs??, check out.
(Image courtesy: Stephen Nowers / Anchorage Daily News)

PostDoc Union news:
The latest of those three news is from "newminor.com" an alaska local news site. Staff Writer Christie Hang (Contact staff writer Christi Hang at 459-7590) writes about the contract negotiations took place between University officials and the local union represented by AFT. This same very American Federation of Teachers was the gem of our UCONN Postdocs when we got unionized few years ago. Good Job University of Alaska and Local AFT!..

University of Alaska finalizes contract negotiations with unions

Four groups agree to contracts through 2010
By Christi Hang
Originally published Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 10:22 a.m.

"Members of United Academics-AAUP/AFT, which represents 940 university faculty, counselors, librarians, Cooperative Extension agents and post-doctoral fellows primarily employed at the main campus, will receive an annual salary increase of 3.3 percent over three years".
UA approves union contracts
Associated Press - April 1, 2008 6:54 PM ET

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Three union contracts have been approved by the University of Alaska Board of Regents. A union representing 940 university faculty, counselors, librarians, Cooperative Extension agents and postdoctoral fellows primarily employed at the main campus will receive an annual salary increase of 3.3% over three years. But the university's contribution to net health care will be reduced.



A separate union representing more than 1,000 part-time non-benefited faculty negotiated a contract giving them a 4% raise each year for three years.



A separate group of about 260 custodians and maintenance employees will get a 1-time $800 transition payment as the union's salary schedule is compressed. The university's health care contributions also will be reduced.

Information from: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com/

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