Monday, March 11, 2019
Department and Area Meetings
Postdocs are hosting area meetings across campus to give insight into the bargaining process and review negotiation proposals on wages, international rights and harassment protections. The meeting agenda includes presenting a plan to strengthen bargaining and win a first contract as soon as possible.
If you haven’t been contacted about a meeting in your area or if you would like to host a meeting, please let us know.
Postdocs Bargaining Update
During the bargaining session on Thursday, the UW administration presented counter proposals on Leaves, Health Care, Purpose and Intent, Job Titles and Intellectual Property. UW indicated they are unwilling to find solutions for providing paid direct Postdocs (who get their funding directly from an external grant) with health care. They argued that there is currently no mechanism to provide paid direct Postdocs with health insurance, and that they have no intention of creating such a mechanism. We countered that paid direct Postdocs are also UW employees, and that denying them access to health care is inequitable. Additionally we provided proposals on Intellectual Property, Titles and Classifications, and Leaves. All current proposals can be accessed here.
Take the Equity Survey
Comprehensive data strengthens our bargaining positions for strong discrimination protections. The equity survey combines our collective voice on issues endemic in academia such as gender harassment, microaggressions and bullying. Please click here to take the survey.
As always, you are the union, so don’t hesitate to get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or our inbox!
The UW Postdocs United / UAW 4121 Bargaining Committee
Tina Angerer, Bioengineering
Pamela Baker, Biological Structure
Matthew Crane, Chemistry
Marina Dütsch, Earth and Space Sciences
Max Friedfeld, Chemistry
Hannah Horowitz, Atmospheric Sciences
Megan Ivory, Physics
Ajay Jajodia, Medical Genetics
Andrew Jenkins, Chemistry
Michael Mack, Chemistry
Kelly Patton, Physics
Cristi Proistosescu, Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean
Abdul Basit Shaikh, Pharmaceutics
Thomas Smith, Medical Genetics
Michael Taylor, Bioengineering
Jian Wang, Chemistry
Alex White, Psychology
Huajun Xu, Chemistry