Perhaps the longest-running soap opera in academic science ended early Saturday morning when PRO/UAW, the union representing the more than 5000 postdocs on the University of California’s ten campuses, reached a tentative agreement on a first contract with the University of California. The pact came “in the wee hours,” according to union spokesman Matthew “Oki” O’Connor, almost 2 years after the union had gained certification in August, 2008, after more than a year and a half of negotiating and maneuvering by both sides, and after some 30 hours of face-to-face talks in the preceding two days. Details are confidential pending the ratification vote by the union membership, which begins later this week. If approved, the contract will bring “definite economic improvements and important gains in rights, protections, and working conditions, O’Connor said in in interview with Science Careers, adding that he is “very confident” of passage. Results of the vote are expected in about 2 weeks.