A recent survey found that Postdocs were the primary author on 43% of the articles in Science magazine, the premiere research journal in the world.
Despite their critical importance to the academic machine, postdoctoral researchers have not been granted many of the basic benefits that most other employees at universities enjoy. As a result of these disparate benefits, postdocs in California unionized a few years ago, joining the PRO/UAW union, which now represents over 5,000 postdocs working for UC schools. Negotiations between UC and the PRO/UAW have been ongoing since December of 2008, but right now it looks like negotiations have stalled over wages, as UC President Mark Yudof doesn’t want to budge on this issue. Here are some of the benefits the postdocs are seeking: