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November 21, 2010

Post-Docs Deserve the Basic Job Security just like any other University Employees?!!

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Post-Docs Deserve the Basic Job Security Enjoyed by Other University Staff

Canada NewsWire
OTTAWANov. 17 /CNW/ - Students, faculty and campus workers are united in their call for full recognition of post-doctoral fellows as university academic employees. The proliferation of post-doctoral fellows conducting research on campus for sub-standard wages is another example of the casualisation of university employees.
"Post-docs are accomplished scholars who have completed their doctoral degrees--working with faculty as colleagues, not students," said James Turk, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. "We believe their pay should reflect that status and that the only way in which they are going to obtain proper pay, benefits and working conditions is through unionization, like all other academic staff."

October 23, 2010

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September 10, 2010

Canadian PostDocs & PostDoc Unionization....!

Published online 26 August 2010 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2010.429


Taxing times for Canadian postdocs

Trainee researchers struggle to make ends meet after the government clarifies tax rules for grants.

labworkersWith taxes now biting into their wages, some Canadian postdocs are thinking of Europe, or unionization.LajosRepasi/iStockphoto
Staff, student or employee? The employment status of Canadian postdoctoral researchers remains unclear — and many are struggling with the tax issues that arise from the ambiguity.
Some of Canada's postdocs are categorized as associates with benefits, others are fellows with no employee status and, until recently, some had a tax-exempt status on a par with students. "We fall into this no-man's land," says Marianne Stanford, chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) and a postdoctoral fellow at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Ontario

September 02, 2010

UC Postdocs approve their first union contract

Postdocs Overwhelmingly Approve First PRO/UAW ContractAugust 11, 2010
Dear Postdocs:
We have exciting news! Postdocs have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tentative agreement as our historic first contract with the University of California. The results were 2588 voting yes and 121 voting no, a 96 percent margin.
We want to thank the thousands of you who participated in the voting over the last week, as well as all of you who took action in the last few years to make this a successful campaign and enable us to win such a strong first contract.
In solidarity,
The PRO/UAW Bargaining Committee

Nature publications is out of touch with postdoc activities, especially postdoc union. First they wrote post doc union been failing, then they saw the Uconn and other universities succeed, changed their tones bit, now they write disgruntedly oh there are only few post doc unions, gosh wake up Nature!!, there is so much happening, until few years ago PostDoc Union was a tabooooooo?. You can't even strike a dialogue, now there are union contracts moving along successfully, you must get out of your frogs well and write exactly what is going on in many campuses.....PostDoc Unionization is reality.
 The Berkeley Daily Planet

Extra: University of California Postdoctoral Researchers Ratify Contract

From UC Office of the President
Thursday August 12, 2010
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The United Auto Workers (UAW) and the University of California today jointly announced that UC postdoctoral scholars voted to ratify their first union contract. The Union announced that postdocs approved the contract by an overwhelming vote of 2588 to 121, or 96 percent in favor, in balloting that concluded Aug. 11. The postdocs’ union, Postdoctoral Researchers Organize/UAW, and UC reached a tentative agreement on July 31, 2010

Postdocs form union

University of California students join forces and negotiate.
University of California (UC) postdocs have voted to unionize, ratifying a five-year contract that brings their starting pay in line with US National Institutes of Health recommendations. The contract, approved on 11 August, also formalizes policies on sick days, leave, travel expenses, job protection and annual reviews. “It's a big victory,” says Matthew O'Connor

June 19, 2010

Program Description: Postdoctoral training in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI. Trainees pursue basic, translational, and clinical research free from the demands of obtaining grants and teaching, although opportunities to do both are available.

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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, rig...

UNION yes!!!

UNION yes!!!
Hello Grads-Say Yes to Union!

Here is the PostDoc Wheel of PRO/UAW, this is like the Wheel of Dhamma of Lord Buddha's that is a symbol of justice and liberation. The latest news from PRO/UAW is very promising to the 5000 or more postdocs in different campuses of University of California System.

The Union for Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of California
PRO/UAW is the Union for over 5,000 Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of California. By signing up a majority of Postdocs, we can exercise our legal rights to bargain with UC. Postdoc representatives we choose will survey us to determine priorities and will then negotiate a contract with UC. We can negotiate for improvements in wages, hours, benefits, and terms and conditions of employment. Postdocs will then have an opportunity to democractically approve the agreement that UC and our bargaining team reach, before it becomes a binding contract.