Sunday, April 21

The UC recognized the Academic Researchers United union at state and federal legislators' urging. ARU may be the first union specifically made for academic researchers in the nation. (Daily Bruin file photo)

New union for academic researchers receives approval from UC

The University of California approved a union for academic researchers under mounting pressure from federal and state legislators. After the UC officially recognized the union April 1, the Public Employment Relations Board certified the union, said UC Office of the President spokesperson Sarah McBride. Read more...

The UC recognized the Academic Researchers United union at state and federal legislators' urging. ARU may be the first union specifically made for academic researchers in the nation. (Daily Bruin file photo)

University Council-American Federation of Teachers Unit 17, a union representing more than 350 librarians at the University of California, reached a tentative agreement with UCOP March 25. The five-year contract went into effect April 1 after members voted to ratify it. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)
University Council-American Federation of Teachers Unit 17, a union representing more than 350 librarians at the University of California, reached a tentative agreement with UCOP March 25. The five-year contract went into effect April 1 after members voted to ratify it. (Niveda Tennety/Daily Bruin)

University of California academic researchers applied to join a union representing postdoctoral researchers. The UC has opposed the move. Academic researchers are a broad group of researchers who are neither postdocs nor tenure-track faculty members. (Courtesy of Academic Researchers United)

UC opposes academic researchers union, cites lack of ‘community of interest’

University of California academic researchers applied for union representation, but the UC is objecting to the proposed unionization. United Auto Workers Local 5810, a union representing over 6,500 postdoctoral researchers at the UC, submitted a petition to California Public Employment Relations Board in September to add academic researchers to the union under a separate bargaining unit called Academic Researchers United. Read more...

University of California academic researchers applied to join a union representing postdoctoral researchers. The UC has opposed the move. Academic researchers are a broad group of researchers who are neither postdocs nor tenure-track faculty members. (Courtesy of Academic Researchers United)

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine administrators promised a $5,000 stipend and allotted an extra $1,250 per stipend to cover taxes. However, psychiatry resident Michael Mensah said in the email chain he consulted an experienced payroll manager and concluded nearly $3,500, not $1,250, were needed to cover taxes. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine administrators promised a $5,000 stipend and allotted an extra $1,250 per stipend to cover taxes. However, psychiatry resident Michael Mensah said in the email chain he consulted an experienced payroll manager and concluded nearly $3,500, not $1,250, were needed to cover taxes. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

University of California librarians fundraised for a potential strike. UC and the librarians' union have been out of contract for over four months, with no end to negotiations in sight. (Daily Bruin file photo)
University of California librarians fundraised for a potential strike. UC and the librarians' union have been out of contract for over four months, with no end to negotiations in sight. (Daily Bruin file photo)

(Mavis Tasaka/Daily Bruin)
(Mavis Tasaka/Daily Bruin)

The new University of California payroll system, UCPath, has failed to pay student workers for seven weeks. Union representatives say the lack of pay has imposed unfair out-of-pocket costs on members. Hundreds of students have been affected by the errors in the new payroll system. (Daily Bruin file photo)
The new University of California payroll system, UCPath, has failed to pay student workers for seven weeks. Union representatives say the lack of pay has imposed unfair out-of-pocket costs on members. Hundreds of students have been affected by the errors in the new payroll system. (Daily Bruin file photo)


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