Welcome, Fall 2020 Academic Student Employees!

Our website is currently undergoing some renovations, so we wanted to draw your attention to some key links to help you find the information you need to start the year:

  1. Become a Union Member!
  2. Review our contract and follow the rights we are currently bargaining under COVID-19.
  3. Stay tuned to events and announcements through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  4. If you have questions from the orientation, have an issue in your workplace, or would like to get more involved, you can contact us at santabarbara@uaw2865.org.

And stay tuned for answers to your frequently asked questions at orientation!

Fix UCPath! Payday Rally

Dear union members,

Hopefully you heard about our union’s recent UCPath victory that awarded $150 – $450 compensation to workers who experienced late or missing pay last fall quarter. While this is a huge win made possible by our collective actions across the state, it doesn’t guarantee that your future paychecks will be accurate or delivered on time. In fact, some of your coworkers are still owed pay from last fall.

We are the teachers who keep the university running. We can only educate our students if we can care for ourselves and our families. We deserve better.

Rally with us on payday, Friday, March 1st at noon in front of Storke Tower to listen and learn about the situation, how it might affect your month’s pay, and what you can do as a union member to make sure we’re all paid on time and in full. RSVP on Facebook!

Feeling creative? We will be making rally posters at this month’s union social on Thursday, February 28th from 6-9pm at M Special in Goleta.

If you have experienced a problem with your pay this winter or are still owed pay for fall quarter, report it here.

In Solidarity– Your UCSB Student-Workers’ Union

Daily Nexus article about our meeting with Chancellor Yang

Link to Daily Nexus: UAW Meets With Administration in Impromptu Meetings, Demands UCSB Solve Back Pay Issues by Feb. 1

Hmm… February 1st has come and gone, but UCSB workers are still waiting for the administration to #FixUCPath. Thank you to the Daily Nexus for helping us get the word out!

Since we received no response or commitment from the university administration regarding solving these issues with UCPath, we will be holding a rally at Storke Tower at noon on March 1st (payday)! Please join us to demand that the university make all workers whole and check your paychecks for any errors.

February Monthly Membership Meeting

Our February Monthly Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, from 12 – 1 PM in the Graduate Student Association Lounge. We’ll be discussing strategies to build worker power in 2019 and how you can get involved! Come meet fellow union members and learn about our upcoming happy hour on 2/28 at M Special. We hope to see you there!

Check out the event on Facebook to RSVP!

We’re hiring! Spring Quarter 18 – 2 PT Organizers (hourly)

Please see below for the email sent on 3/14/18 to members announcing we (UAW 2865 UCSB) are hiring 2 PT Hourly Organizers for Spring Quarter 2018

Hi Fellow Student- Workers,
We are hiring 2 Part-time organizer for Spring Quarter! See below for information
We will train folks who are interested & willing to learn.
Please forward to potentially interested folks! Candidates who identify as people of color, working class, queer, trans, women, and/or disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application deadline (CV/ resume, 2 references, and 1-page cover letter) is Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5 PM and sent via email to santabarbara@uaw2865.org
Hiring call for UAW 2865 UCSB: 2 PT Spring ’18 Quarter Organizers
Two (2)  PT Hourly Organizer – Hourly ($31.10/ Hour)
10 Hours a Week each for Spring Quarter (April 1, 2018 – June 16, 2018)
The UC student-workers union, UAW 2865, is a dynamic, member-driven labor union representing over 16,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) – Teaching Assistants, Readers, Graders, Tutors, and others – at the 9 teaching campuses of the University of California. We are currently hiring 2 part-time, campus-based organizers for spring quarter to perform outreach with other student workers and build our collective power as a union for our statewide organizing goals & bargaining campaign. Candidates must be a UAW 2865 member to be eligible.

  • Must be willing to learn how to do on-the-ground, one-on-one organizing with an experienced organizer to build union power
  • Preferably have a basic understanding of union values and role on the UCSB campus and the UC system.
  • Have a willingness to engage in conversations about the union with Academic Student-Workers in your own department, center, and other departments on campus.
  • Ability to spend time on an hourly basis on-the-ground educating Academic Student-Workers about the union and its functions and signing up new members
  • Be able to assist with tabling, block walking, department level events, and additional union events as needed
  • Assist with communication (emails, social media, flyers)
  • Help organize bi-monthly campus organizing meetings & execute organizing plans
  • Communicate with UAW 2865 UCSB organizing committee, leadership, UAW 2865 staff, Statewide Organizing Committee via conference calls, emails, and meetings
  • Assist campus organizing committee with implementing UC wide March to Majority Plan & statewide organizing committee goals, plans, and coordinated events, to build union power
  • Assist with membership cards & data entry
  • Assist campus with statewide bargaining 2018 campaign via our organizing committee

The Ideal Candidates Will Have…
  • A commitment to union democracy, member-driven organizing, social justice, anti-oppression, and social movement unionism
  • A history of active membership in the UC student-workers union (UAW 2865)
  • Organizing experience in democratic, social justice-oriented labor, community, student, and/or social movement organizations and campaigns
  • Strong coalition-building and facilitation skills across a diverse set of organizations and constituents
  • An ability to work with student workers across diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and cultures
  • An ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to respond promptly to e-mails, phone calls, and other forms of communication
  • Willingness to engage with members to organize & build union power per statewide and campus goals


Candidates who identify as people of color, working class, queer, trans, women, and/or disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and Length of Employment
This part-time hourly organizer positions will be paid at the mid-level hourly rate for ASEs across the UC system (currently $31.10/hr) at 10 hours a week from 4/1/18- 6/16/2018

Instructions for Applying Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV, two references, and a one-page cover letter to the UAW 2865 UCSB hiring committee at santabarbara@uaw2865.org – applications are accepted until Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5 PM.
In Solidarity,
UCSB- UC Student Workers Union / UAW 2865
Meg Undén (Sociology/ Campus Chair)
Hannah Kagan-Moore (History of Art & Architecture/ Recording Secretary)
Emily Ellis (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology/ Head Steward)
Daniel Lazar (Electrical + Computer Engineering/ Head Steward)
Dell Rose (Religious Studies/ Head Steward)
Avi McClelland-Cohen (Communication / Head Steward)
Andrew Elrod (History/ Head Steward)
Sarp Kurgan (Global Studies/ Head Steward)
Email: santabarbara@uaw2865.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sbuaw2865
Website: https://ucsbuaw.wordpress.com/


Jan 2 membership email with updates on f17 & w18 negotiations and January events

Please see below for an email sent on Jan 2, 2018 to our members.

Dear all,

Happy New Year! We hope you are all safe & able to have time for some relaxation during the winter break.

This email contains extremely important information: this email has important updates with regards to the Thomas Fire/ pay, and changes to the Winter 2018 quarter. We can only email members, so please forward this information to other grads and ASEs!

In this email you’ll find:

1)   Bargaining results from our negotiations with UCOP regarding Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 contract changes due to the Thomas Fire

2)   Voting on 2018 Bargaining Demands—extended to January 10, 2018

3)   Union Event Updates:
Weds. January 10: Grade In & Donuts for Finals
Tues. January 16: New Membership Meeting and Monthly Membership Meeting


1)   Updates on Fall ’17/Winter ’18 contract negotiations with UCSB/UCOP TAs:

We have signed off on negotiations to bargain for UCSB TAs for F ’17 & W ’18: if you’re working, y’all will get paid!

Teaching Assistants: The University has taken the position that the extra week of Jan 8-12, 2018 has already been paid for. However, after UAW 2865 UCSB demanded to negotiate, management agreed to pay a lump sum at 25% and 50% rates, pending the amount of work needed for each course for the extra week for finals (Jan 8-12, 2018). See below for rates and details from the signed negotiation.

Readers will be paid for the work Jan 8-12 at the same rate for the original week of finals.

Teaching Associates will also receive a lump compensation based on the Fall 2017 rate (this was negotiated by UC-AFT Santa Barbara 2141—see https://ucaft.org/content/ucsb.)

All work must fall within the scope of the ASE checklist and current contract.

TAs and Readers hired for a course in Fall 2017 have priority for that course’s remaining finals and grading January 8-12.

If you have already completed and submitted all grades for your Fall 2017, you will not receive additional compensation for the week of Jan 8-12.

If you’re a TA or Reader and cannot work the week of Jan 8-12, 2018 for your Fall 2017 course with the new finals schedule, please notify your supervisor, faculty, or instructor of record & hiring department ASAP.

You CANNOT be required to return to campus or work the week of Jan 8-12, 2018. If you cannot be on campus, your hiring department should hire someone else that week to cover the additional work.

For TAs with Fall 2017 appointments (quoted from our negotiation):

“Teaching assistants and teaching associates who were working in Fall Quarter [2017] will be given first priority to continue work during the postponement period. In the rare circumstance that a teaching assistant or teaching associate is unavailable at this time, the work will be offered to other eligible students. ASEs will be compensated for the work performed during the postponement period as follows:

Teaching Assistants (exempt):

Lump sum payment of $571.40__for 50% appointments during the postponed finals week Lump sum payment of _$285.70_for 25% appointments during the postponed finals week

Teaching Associates (exempt): payment based on Fall quarter pay rate. All payments are subject to normal withholdings.”

Your lump sum of 25% or 50% will be based on the amount of work required for the week of Jan 8-12: you can be hired for more or less pending on the amount of remaining work/ duties remaining for the course as determined by you and the instructor for the course.

Please keep track of your time to make sure you get paid — if you work more than initially thought your department can have you re-sign the form to submit for the hours worked since this is due on Jan 17th.

Thislink to our website’s resource page has a downloadable form with information to document time worked.

IF you are a TA covering multiple TAs/ ASEs and will work more than 21 hours (or end up working more than 21 hours) the week of Jan 8-12, 2017 your department can get an exception to pay you a 75% lump sum for that week by contacting Cindy Doherty, Director of Academic Personnel/ HR at: cindy.doherty@ucsb.edu

VC David Marshalls & Director Cindy Doherty (Academic Personnel/HR) have emailed updates & hiring information to department chairs & business officers.

Departments are responsible for working with instructors/ ASEs to hire for the postponement week to complete finals/ grading/ submissions for final grades.

Departments will send TAs an information form to sign for the extra week of work- you can sign this electronically/ confirm in an email and then provide your hiring department a physical copy when you return.

You do NOT need to have your offer letters re-issued/ signed/ resubmitted with the hiring paper work (I-9s etc) for F2017. Anyone who was NOT hired by the department previously for the F17 quarter and gets hired for Jan 8-12 – you need to complete the hiring paperwork.

Departments will need to submit the hiring updates by Jan 17, 2018 at 5 PM, and the lump sums will be paid on February 1, 2018.

The new/ postponed finals week for W2017 due to the Thomas Fires:

January 8- 12, 2018—see this link for details with the new schedule: https://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/finals-fall.aspx

Or this link for FAQ/ Information on the postponement: http://info.sa.ucsb.edu/finalspostponement

For TAs with Winter 2018 Appointments:

The Winter Quarter will begin on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The quarter will be 9 weeks instead of 10: no changes to finals/ spring break, or start of the Spring 2018 quarter.

TAs will receive pay for the 10 weeks and tuition/ fee remissions will stay the same even though you will only work 9 weeks.

Hiring paperwork for Winter 2018 is now due on Friday, January 12, 2018 before the end of business day.

You can also look at the FAQ on finals postponement via Student Affairs for Information. http://info.sa.ucsb.edu/finalspostponement

2)   Voting on Bargaining Demands:

Please check your spam folders if you haven’t gotten an email from UAW 2865- UC Student-Workers Union with the subject: “Please VOTE to Ratify our Bargaining Demands: Deadline Extended to January 10th

We will also set up voting stations on campus from Jan 8- Jan 10 to sign up as a member and submit a paper ballot— including during the Grade-In & Donuts for Finals on Wednesday, Jan 10 from 8:15 – 11:00 AM in the GSA lounge.

Only members (you’ve signed a membership card) are able to vote on the demands. Membership cards & a drop-off box are available in the GSA Lounge at the staff desk.

Folks can sign up as a member and then vote on the bargaining demands in person from Jan 8-10, 2018. Locations on in-person voting will be shared when finalized.

You can request a also new electronic ballot using this link


3)   Union Event Updates for January 2018

Grade In & Donuts for Finals! Wednesday, January 8th– 8:15 AM – 11:00 AM in the GSA Lounge (membership cards & paper ballots to vote on the 2018 bargaining demands will be available). Details can also be found via our facebook event.

New Member Meeting with food! Tuesday, January 16,2018 from 3 PM – 4 PM in the GSA Lounge

January Monthly Membership Meeting, Tuesday, January 16thfrom 4-5 PM (immediately following the new member meeting) in the GSA Lounge– open to all- including allies/ partners/ kiddos.

If you have any questions or concerns – please email us: santabarbara@uaw2865.org or get in touch with any of us individually!


In Solidarity,

UCSB- UC Student Workers Union / UAW 2865

Meg Undén (Sociology/ Campus Chair)

Hannah Kagan-Moore (History of Art & Architecture/ Recording Secretary)

Emily Ellis (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology/ Head Steward)

Daniel Lazar (Electrical + Computer Engineering/ Head Steward)

Dell Rose (Religious Studies/ Head Steward)

Avi McClelland-Cohen (Communication / Head Steward)

Andrew Elrod (History/ Head Steward)

Sarp Kurgan (Global Studies/ Head Steward)
Email: santabarbara@uaw2865.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sbuaw2865
Website: https://ucsbuaw.wordpress.com/