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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.

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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.