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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

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