This Thanksgiving, academic workers have two victories to celebrate. Two of our sibling unions have reached important milestones in their fight for representation.
Yesterday the 5,000 Academic Researchers at UC who chose to join UAW Local 5810 (Postdocs and now Academic Researchers) received their official certification from the Public Employee Relations Board. Now they can begin bargaining their first contract.
And in a major development for graduate workers in the private sector, after a years-long campaign and week-long strike last year, graduate student workers at Columbia (GWC-UAW Local 2110) finally brought management to the table to bargain their first contract. We congratulate Columbia workers on their victory and stand in solidarity with them as they move into the next phase of their campaign, and win the workplace protections that UC academic workers have enshrined in our contract over the last 20 years of bargaining.
These victories come in what has been a difficult month for academic workers at the University of California. At the four campuses that have transitioned to UCPath, members are still experiencing delayed pay, inaccurate paychecks, missing fee waivers, and problems with tuition remission. Thanks to the advocacy of our UCLA Unit, UCLA Graduate Division has now announced a reversal of late fees and waivers of other expenses students incurred as a result of late payment. Hopefully, similar commitments at the other affected campuses will be forthcoming. Read our most recent communication on this issue with Labor Relations here.
Finally, as many of us head home to be with family for Thanksgiving, our hearts are with those whose homes and families have been affected by the recent wildfires in California. If you have experienced a hardship or mistreatment at work due to the wildfires or subsequent hazardous air quality conditions, please respond to this email and we will connect you with your union steward.
In gratitude and solidarity,
UC Student-Workers Union, UAW Local 2865
P.S. The road to union representation can be long and difficult with a recalcitrant and hostile employer: at Boston College, UAW workers are being punished for even trying to get to the bargaining table. Sign this petition to demand an end to their mistreatment.