Thomas Fire & Updates for ASEs/ TAs for F 17 & W 18

Please see below for an email sent on 12/10 – updates will be made when available. Our first priority is YOUR safety.


Dear Members,

We hope you are all safe during this stressful time with the Thomas Fire.

This email is to give some brief updates in regards to those TAing/ ASEs for Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 given Chancellor Yang’s email/ announcements that finals will be held the week of Jan 8 2018 with the Winter Quarter 2018.

It is important that you forward this email to your colleagues/ grad list serves since we can only email members so that everyone is aware of their rights, including to safe working conditions.

***Any changes to your contracts for Fall 2017- including to work the week of Jan 8 per finals for a Fall 2017 contract will be negotiated by UAW 2865: we have demanded to negotiate rather than allowing management to unilaterally make decisions that are logistically incoherent (it is not just proctoring for finals, but also concerns about work loads, logistics with grading and working conditions). Allowing management to make these decisions without collective bargaining might fail to fully compensate TAs.

If you are going to be gone for the week of Jan 8– please notify your supervisor so they can begin to make arrangements.

If you are covering another ASE/ TA who will be gone during that week- you need to make sure you are paid for the additional work.

We will send updates when available about how this will work to ensure everyone is paid, has safe working conditions, and collective bargaining is utilized.

Even with only 9 weeks for the Winter 2018 contracts- you should be compensated for the full 10 weeks/ entire quarter.

Please note that the FAQ being circulated has not been reviewed or approved by UAW 2865 as being compliant with our contract rights and demand to bargaining.

IF you have questions or concerns- please email us at santabarbara@uaw2865.org

IF you are asked to work beyond your contract or to sign or agree to anything with the changes- you are encouraged to wait to sign or agree to anything beyond your current contract do so until bargaining has finished or get a union rep to help assist you. You can also reply to the email with our union copied to help you navigate your situation.

*FYI- there might be delays to replies as we are also facing evacuations and power interruptions but will do our best to support everyone.

We realize the situation is confusing and unclear- and will do our best to keep you informed.

Stay safe.

Thanks.

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/

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UAW 2865 UCSB is hiring for winter break & the winter 2018 quarter!

Dear Members,

UC Student-Workers Union/ UAW 2865 UCSB is hiring for our campus!

We have the following positions available with details listed below.

1.     PT Hourly- Winter Break for 5-10/hours week (multiple)

2.     1 PT Winter Quarter 2018 Organizer (25% TAship equivalent)

3.     2 PT Hourly Winter Quarter Organizers (5 hours/ week)

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.

Questions/ applications can be sent to santabarbara@uaw2865.org

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1. PT Hourly Organizer – Hourly ($31.10/ Hour)– Multiple Positions for Winter Break

Job Description

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 part-time campus-based organizers for winter break to outreach to student workers and build our collective power as a union for our bargaining campaign. Candidates must be a UAW 2865 member in good standing.

Responsibilities:

  • Must be willing to learn how to do on-the-ground one-on-one organizing with an experienced organizer.
  • 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.
  • Assist with UAW 2865 UCSB organizing committee, and UAW 2865 staff as needed to reach goals for membership recruitment, Bargaining Campaign, and member engagement
  • Be able to assist with tabling, block walking, and events
  • Prep with communications, bargaining prep and visual campaign
  • Communicate with UAW 2865 UCSB organizing committee, assist with membership cards & data entry, and attend organizing meetings

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

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) with hours varying / as needed to assist with preparations for the 2018 Bargaining Campaign over winter break, with an end date of December 31, 2017. Hours can range from 5-10 hours/ week pending on availability.

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 on a rolling basis until December 20, 2017.

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2. PT Winter Quarter Organizer (25% TAship Equivalent)

Job Description

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 part-time campus-based organizers for the Winter 2018 (25% TAship equivalent) to outreach to student workers and build our collective power as a union. Candidates must a current UAW 2865 member in good standing.

Responsibilities:

  • Must be willing to learn how to do on-the-ground one-on-one organizing with an experienced organizer.
  • 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.
  • Assist with PT winter organizer, UAW 2865 UCSB organizing committee, and UAW 2865 staff as needed to reach goals for membership recruitment, Bargaining Campaign, and member engagement
  • Be able to assist with tabling, block walking, and membership events
  • Communicate with UAW 2865 UCSB organizing committee, assist with membership cards & data entry, and attend campus organizing meetings
  • Participate in weekly statewide organizing committee conference calls

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

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, plus tuition remission (if needed) & health care (25%TAship equivalent). This position is for the Winter 2018 quarter (January 7, 2018- March 24, 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 December 20, 2017.

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3. PT Hourly Organizers –– 2 positions for 5 hours a week for Winter 2018 Quarter

Job Description

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 part-time campus-based organizers for the Winter to outreach to student workers and build our collective power as a union. Candidates must be a UAW 2865 member in good standing.

Responsibilities:

  • Must be willing to learn how to do on-the-ground one-on-one organizing with an experienced organizer.
  • 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.
  • Assist with PT winter organizer, UAW 2865 UCSB organizing committee, and UAW 2865 staff as needed to reach goals for membership recruitment, Bargaining Campaign, and member engagement
  • Be able to assist with tabling, block walking, and events
  • Communicate with UAW 2865 UCSB organizing committee, assist with membership cards & data entry, and attend organizing meetings/ conference calls

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

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 5 hours a week during the Winter 2018 quarter (January 7, 2018- March 24, 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 December 20, 2017.

Press Release- SB 201 passes – via UAW 2865, 5810

 
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
HISTORIC BILL SIGNING CULMINATES YEARS-LONG EFFORT TO WIN
BARGAINING RIGHTS FOR RESEARCH ASSISTANTS AT UC
Berkeley, CA – On Sunday night, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 201, authored by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), that will provide collective bargaining rights to Research Assistants (RAs) in the University of California system, a right already enjoyed by thousands of RAs and Teaching Assistants (TAs) across the country. UC has fought against RA collective bargaining rights for 35 years and denied RAs the same workplace protections that were extended to TAs when they unionized and formed the UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865, in 1999.
SB 201 expands the definition of employee under HEERA (California’s Higher Education Employee Employer Relations Act) to include student Research Assistants, thereby granting UC Research Assistants the same right to unionize as Teaching Assistants in the UC Student-Workers Union. RAs at private universities have won the right to collectively bargain after a National Labor Relations Board decision last year. In addition, this bill protects RAs in California’s State University system since it guarantees them the right to choose to collectively bargain.
“We are extremely excited by the passage of SB 201. The UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865, already represents more than 16,000 Teaching Assistants, Tutors, Readers, and Graders across the UC System. Thousands of student-workers alternate between working as TAs and RAs between quarters or semesters. This bill will provide them the opportunity to join our union and win the same protections against sexual harassment and discrimination when they serve as RAs that they enjoy when they work as TAs,” said Emily Yen, President of UAW 2865.
“When I switched from being an RA at CSUN to being an RA at UCSC I lost my collective voice on issues like pay, family leave, and protections from discrimination and sexual harassment. Now I can have my voice back, it doesn’t have to be just me alone against the whole UC system,” stated Jessie Michelle Lopez, RA in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UC Santa Cruz.
“The signing of SB 201 is a big victory for UC Research Assistants. Now RAs at UC have the same labor rights as RAs at CSU and private universities, and that their fellow grad student TAs and postdocs do. Every UC campus depends on the research contributions of RAs; I applaud the Governor for his commitment to these workers and their rights,” stated Senator Skinner.
“As an RA in the field of cancer immunology, I’m a worker. My colleagues and I directly contribute to the mission of this university and the pursuit of knowledge for the benefit of society. We have always deserved the right to union representation. I’m glad Senator Skinner and UAW 2865 pushed so hard for this bill, and that we finally have the right to bargain for the rights and protections we deserve,” said Thornton Thompson, RA in Molecular and Cell Biology and Head Steward for UAW 2865 at UC Berkeley.

Response to admin’s anti-union emails

We are happy to answer any questions about unions, our unit, and are member-led. This means that we are all grads at UCSB- and some of us are/ have been/ will be grad research assistants, as well as TAs during our time at UCSB. We are your colleagues and are committed to transparency, inclusion, and democracy.

Below is the joint council statement in response to the anti-union emails being sent by admin at all campuses.
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Dear UC Student-Worker Union Member,

We recently wrote to you when Governor Brown signed SB 201 into law. This historic piece of legislation extends the definition of employee to graduate student researchers (GSRs), which enables GSRs/RAs to form a union and collectively bargain for their rights. Many of you have rightly expressed concern about recent email communications from UC administrators following SB 201’s passage, which seem intended to have a chilling effect on student-workers being able to freely exercise our right to discuss unionization and workplace issues without employer interference. Our union is in contact with our legal counsel to discuss whether UC’s emails constitute an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) under California labor law.

While we are disappointed by UC’s email communications, we are not surprised: The UC administration has fought against GSR/RA collective bargaining rights for 35 years, and the UC formally opposed SB 201 during this legislative session.

What the UC administration didn’t mention in their communications is that through collective bargaining, TAs, tutors, and readers have negotiated significant improvements to our working conditions since we formed our union in 2000. During our last round of contract negotiations in 2014, our union won a 17% wage increase over 4 years; a 50% increase in the childcare subsidy for working parents; workload protections and remedies for over-work; zero-premium health insurance; protections against harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, and more; appointment security; employment opportunities for non-DACA undocumented students; and the right to access gender-neutral restrooms. The UC was not willing to simply give us these rights – we were only able to win these significant gains by exercising the collective strength and power of our member-driven, member-run union.

Without a union to enforce the victories of contract negotiations, none of these rights and benefits are guaranteed, and binding protections against harassment and discrimination do not exist. That’s why GSRs/RAs at the University of Washington, University of Connecticut, New York University, and several other colleges and universities have joined together with other student-workers to form unions and strengthen their collective voice.

This is a big year for our union. We’re fighting back against the Trump administration’s regressive policies; negotiating a new contract for TAs, readers, and tutors; building our membership to strengthen our power as a union; and continuing conversations with our colleagues who work as GSRs about the rights and protections student-workers have won through unionization. We will need your help to be stronger than ever as a union. Please email us to get involved in these efforts!

In Solidarity,

The Joint Council of the UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865

Mike Wilson Becerril (UCSC), Head Steward
Kendall Grady (UCSC), Head Steward
Lisa Hofmann (UCSC), Head Steward
Juan C. Dávila Santiago (UCSC), Head Steward
Abby Walsh (UCSC), Head Steward
Kyle Galindez (UCSC), Campus Recording Secretary
Anna McTaggart (UCSC), Campus Chair
Emily Ellis (UCSB), Head Steward
Andrew Elrod (UCSB), Head Steward
Sarp Kurgan (UCSB), Head Steward
Daniel Lazar (UCSB), Head Steward
Avi McClelland-Cohen (UCSB), Head Steward
Dell Rose (UCSB), Head Steward
Hannah Kagan-Moore (UCSB), Campus Recording Secretary
Meg Unden (UCSB), Campus Chair
Alexia Arani (UCSD), Head Steward
Angela Berti (UCSD), Head Steward
Davide Carpano (UCSD), Recording Secretary
Miguel Angel Castañeda (UCSD), Head Steward
Raul Herrera (UCSD), Unit Chair
América Martínez (UCSD), Head Steward
Raquel Pacheco (UCSD), Head Steward
Jonathan D. Paden (UCSD), Head Steward
Tara Pixley (UCSD), Head Steward
Hosam Yousif (UCSD), Head Steward
Aaron Alvarado (UCR), Head Steward
Theresa Goldbach (UCR), Head Steward
Mackenzie Gregg (UCR), Head Steward
Stephanie Miller (UCR), Head Steward
Frank Perez (UCR), Head Steward
David Chávez (UCR), Campus Recording Secretary
J Sebastian (UCR), Campus Chair
Christina Acosta (UCM), Campus Recording Secretary
Rodolfo Rodriguez (UCM), Campus Chair
Michael Z. Dean (UCLA), Head Steward
Jeffrey Dymond (UCLA), Head Steward
Spencer Frei (UCLA), Head Steward
Devaka Gunawardena (UCLA), Head Steward
Melissa Melpignano (UCLA), Head Steward
Marissa Ochsner (UCLA), Head Steward
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò (UCLA), Head Steward
Alli Carlisle (UCLA), Campus Recording Secretary
Jonathan Koch (UCLA), Campus Chair
Richard C. Prince (UCI), Head Steward
Forest Agostinelli (UCI), Head Steward
Kat Cosby (UCI), Head Steward
Kurt Horner (UCI), Head Steward
Kevin Kadowaki (UCI), Head Steward
Francisco Ilabaca (UCI), Campus Recording Secretary
Anandi Rao (UCI), Campus Chair
Abbey Berghaus (UCD), Head Steward
Emily Breuninger (UCD), Head Steward
Michael Culshaw-Maurer (UCD), Head Steward
Jeanelle K. Hope (UCD), Head Steward
Amara Miller (UCD), Head Steward
Marcelle Obeid (UCD), Head Steward
Savannah Hunter (UCD), Campus Recording Secretary
Gabi Kirk (UCD), Campus Chair
Caroline Lemak Brickman (UCB), Head Steward
Alex Bush (UCB), Head Steward
Beezer de Martelly (UCB), Head Steward
Julia Havard (UCB), Head Steward
Kavitha Iyengar (UCB), Head Steward
René Espinoza Kissell (UCB), Head Steward
Juliet Rose Kunkel (UCB), Head Steward
Robbie Nelson (UCB), Head Steward
Eric Peterson (UCB), Head Steward
Kathleen Powers (UCB), Head Steward
Michaeljit Sandhu (UCB), Head Steward
Mick Song (UCB), Head Steward
Thornton Thompson (UCB), Head Steward
Joe Winer (UCB), Head Steward
Garrett Shishido Strain (UCB), Campus Recording Secretary
Maggie Downey (UCB), Campus Chair
Violet Barton (UCM), Guide, Executive Board
Iris Blake (UCR), Southern VP, Executive Board
Harya (“Koko”) Dillon (UCI), Recording Secretary, Executive Board
Connor Gorman (UCD), Trustee, Executive Board
Erin Greer (UCB), Northern Vice President, Executive Board
Jesse Halvorsen (UCSB), Financial Secretary, Executive Board
Shannon Ikebe (UCB), Trustee, Executive Board
Mary Schmitt (UCI), Sergeant at Arms, Executive Board
Michael (“Mick”) Song (UCB), Trustee
Emily Yen (UCLA), President, Executive Board

Victory! SB 201 Passes- Grad Research Assistants eligible to unionize!

After a dynamic, multi-year struggle led by student-workers, UC Research Assistants won the legal right to join our union and collectively determine their working conditions!   Just before midnight on Sunday, October 15, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 201 into law. This bill, authored by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), extends collective bargaining rights to Research Assistants (RAs) in California public higher education systems, establishing parity with thousands of RAs and Teaching Assistants across the country who already enjoy this right.  Please  contact us if you are interested in becoming involved in our campaign to bring UC Research Assistants into our Local.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the student-workers who lobbied in Sacramento, signed petitions, filled out surveys, and organized to get this bill passed. Many thanks also to our sister locals, UAW 5810 (UC Postdocs) and UAW 4123 (CSU Student-Workers), who collaborated in this effort, as well as to our bill’s sponsor, Senator Nancy Skinner. As a graduate student, Senator Skinner was one of the activists responsible for the creation of UAW 2865 in the first place!

The passage of this bill is a turning point in a long journey. The UC has fought against RA collective bargaining rights for 35 years. Five years ago, Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation, caving to the UC administration’s fierce opposition to labor rights. This time, however, Governor Brown did the right thing, affirming that Research Assistants are employees who deserve the same protections against overwork, discrimination, harassment, etc., as every other employee.

While this phase of the campaign is over, the fight is just beginning. Now the real work of organizing our colleagues who work as Research Assistants/GSRs begins. If you would like to get involved, or you know RAs/GSRs on your campus who would be interested in our campaign, please contact us. Please also be in touch if you receive communication from the UC administration or your supervisors about this legislation.

Sincerely,

The UAW 2865 RA Committee