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UConn Health Center-PostDoc Union

September 3, 2003
Health Center Post-docs Vote To Join Union
By Pat Keefe

Health Center postdoctoral fellows voted Aug. 28 to unionize, and be represented by University Health Professionals.

The vote was 64 to 61.

UHP represents about 1,880 Health Center employees, including nurses, other hospital personnel and administrators, and staff, the most of any union at the Farmington campus. Eight unions represent approximately 3,200 of the institution's 4,900 employees.

AFT Higher education news, 2003
UConn Postdocs Vote for Union
Postdoctoral fellows at the University of Connecticut Health Center made history on Aug. 28 by voting for representation by the University Health Professionals (UHP), an 1,800-member AFT Connecticut affiliate.
The 138-member unit--possibly among the first postdocs in the country to join a union--took the first step towards better salaries, more respect and greater control over the direction of professional training.
Calling the vote a "tremendous victory," AFT Connecticut president Sharon Palmer praised the perseverance and resolve of the unit, noting, "The postdocs have endured much hardship because of their commitment to science. Today they have taken action to gain a voice in the workplace and still maintain their commitment to their work."

March 17, 2004
UCONN Health Center Postdocs ratify contract

Postdoctoral fellows at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) ratified their first union agreement on March 16, just seven months after electing to join the AFT-affiliated University Health Professionals (UHP).
The new agreement includes a grievance procedure, paid leave, paid sick leave, daycare scholarships, state employee health and pension benefits, and wage increases worth about $1 million over two years. The 27 percent increase in the minimum postdoc salary and a 6.3 percent wage increase over two years will raise wages across the board.

"It is great to get a first contract in such a short period of time," said Ben Wenograd of AFT Connecticut, the chief negotiator for UHP. "The postdocs were unified around a few key proposals, and the university, to its credit, recognized the need for change. As a result the negotiating teams were able to find common ground."

""Biggest Bang" for your Buck!!!""
What is the most economical way to fund high-quality research? There's no question that you get the biggest bang for your buck by using postdocs. Embryologist Donald Brown, Carnegie Institution (Science 285, 1519, 9/3/1999) websites
The following website is full of links related postdoc related articles, quite useful and handy if you want to learn more about postdocs.

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