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May 03, 2010

UC PostDoc Union Contract Delayed?

Hearing Highlights Impasse Between Postdoc Union and UC  on May 3, 2010 2:28 PM 

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA—A congressional panel on Friday got a taste of what the past 18 months have been like for postdoctoral researchers at the University of California (UC) trying to negotiate their first-ever labor agreement. A hearing here at Berkeley City College left lawmakers and postdocs feeling equally frustrated with UC administrators.
In November 2008 a group of postdocs affiliated with the United Auto Workers were certified as the official bargaining agent for postdocs at the system's 10 campuses. Although not the first such group—postdocs at the University of Connecticut Health Center formed a union in 2003 and negotiated a contract the following year—the UC union is by far the largest, with its pool of more than 6000 postdocs representing about 10% of all U.S. postdocs. Among other concessions, the union is seeking raises modeled on federal guidelines for each year of experience, plus an annual 4% increase across the pay scale. The university has offered a one-time, 1.5% across-the-board raise in 2010. Despite 56 all-day negotiating sessions, the union and the university have yet to agree on a contract.

May 01, 2010

PostDocs & US Congress: Congressman George Miller, Congresswoman Lynn Woosley and Congresswoman Barbara Lee give their Ears to PostDocs, Drill UC authorities?

A UC PostDoct says!
 personally know postdocs that have had each one of these issues. There is no way for them to fight because in the postdoc system there is no legal backing. I love science and I love my job. However, the postdoc system needs to change and I see unionization as an effective first step to accomplish this. I applaud Congressman George Miller, Congresswoman Lynn Woosley and Congresswoman Barbara Lee for their time and efforts to fight for us yesterday afternoon.
Science Careers from the journal Science

April 21, 2010

Congressional Hearing Scheduled on U Cal Postdoc Union Negotiation

PRO/UAW, the union representing postdocs on the University on California's ten campuses, won official recognition in August 2008.  Nearly 2 years later, the two sides in the postdocs' contract negotiation remain stuck, despite regular meetings that have produced agreement on a number of issues. Now, in a very unusual step, the Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives has announced a hearing focused on these talks.

Press Release from UC PostDocs Union Contract!

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PRO/UAW Site

http://www.prouaw.org/home/home.php
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.
PRO/UAW

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.