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Postdoc Union Charges Unfair Labor Practices by University of California

This reporter regrets that a vacation to Alaska prevented her from bringing readers timely news of the latest episode in the continuing drama of postdoc unionization at the University of California (UC).  (Not that she regrets the wonderful trip, just the delay in reporting).

On June 9, while she was marveling at the pristine majesty of Glacier Bay National Park, the UC postdoc union, known as PRO/UAW, filed an unfair labor practices charge against UC with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) over the protracted but as yet inconclusive negotiations for a first contract.  This move, according to PERB’s website,   initiates a multi-stage process of investigation and possible hearings and appeals.  In the meantime, the next negotiation session is scheduled for June 30 and reaching an agreement could render the issue moot.  Stay tuned for further developments.

5 comments on “Postdoc Union Charges Unfair Labor Practices by University of California”

  1. Hank says:

    Thanks for covering this issue. Many of us post-docs at the UC can’t believe it’s come to filing a U.L.P. but it’s been a year and a half of stalling so the move is overdue. Hopefully the session next week will be productive!
    UC San Diego

  2. Carmen says:

    Post docs at UC receive salaries that cannot keep up with the cost of living in California. On top of that we receive threats to our benefits. It is sad to see that UC is becoming more of a business for administrators and less of a supporting institution for scientists. Thanks for discussing this very important issue.

  3. Eric says:

    It’s a fairly rediculous situation for those of us doing postdocs at UC. This is a top academic institution, not Wal-Mart.

  4. Heather says:

    Thanks for bringing attention to this issue. Postdocs are a vital part of the UC, and we’re only trying to make a living while performing important research.

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