Author: megunden

We got parking back!!! Town Hall on July 6 from 3-4 PM GSA Lounge

Please see below for an email sent on June 30, 2017! #uaw2865 #unionsmatter #collectiveaction

Dear Members,

UAW 2865 UCSB has just gotten confirmation from labor relations that our parking has been restored! They will continue to issue GS passes, but these will be treated as the equivalent as staff/ B passes – so you will have the same parking access.

TPS will providing an email update shortly, and will also communicate this on their website.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the survey, signed the petition, sent examples of syllabi and ASE contracts, and come to our town hall. Our collective discussions convinced labor relations and parking to continue our lot b access.

We will have another follow up meeting with them as there will be studies for campus parking to share feedback and concerns that you all have provided. We will also still have our town hall to discuss follow up plans to ensure this does not happen again and share updates on the RA campaign (SB 201 is looking like it will become law).

Town Hall – Thursday, July 6 from 3-4 PM in the GSA Lounge.

In Solidarity,

Meg Undén (Sociology/ Campus Chair)

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

Emily Ellis (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology/ 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)

Updates on parking – no pass b (yet) and town hall on 7/6/17 at 3 PM, GSA Lounge

Dear All- Please see below for an email sent on June 29th with updates on parking: no restoration of pass B. We are doing our best to represent the range of concerns and needs for TAs and will continue to explore options to restore pass B with member input. Thank you to all who came to the town hall, sent/ forwarded emails, taken the survey and/or petition. All of this has helped!!

Dear Members,

Today UAW 2865 UCSB had a meeting with Nestor (TPS) and Jennifer Smith (Labor Relations/ HR) to discuss the changes to parking with the Graduate Student Pass.

Here are the updates:

1)   No Pass B: what lots the GS pass can be used for

2)   Next steps- Town Hall on Thursday July 6, 2017 from 3-4 PM, GSA lounge

3)   Information Requests from UAW 2865 UCSB

4)   Continuing to get feedback and comments via the survey and petition


1) No Pass B: ASEs can get the GS/ Graduate Student Parking Pass

As of today, UCSB is not going to re-instate Parking Pass B for ASEs, but listened to our position for doing so under Article 21.

We attempted to strategically present the range of concerns from equity, distance from parking to work locations- and for some TAs up to 5 buildings a quarter, and/or driving to field sites, safety concerns, animal safety protocol, ADA accommodations, gender neutral bathrooms, lactation rooms, transporting expensive/ dangerous/ heavy lab equipment, and increased time walking across campus for ASEs without the pass to name some.

Here are some answers to questions about the GS pass that starts tomorrow on June 30, and these updates will be posted when available on the TPS website:

-The GS pass can be used in Lot B passes until August 1, 2017

– The GS pass after August 1 can be used in the following lots, and TPS will update their website

-ALL Yellow Lots

– Green Lots for Nights + weekends

-Lots 1+ 11 (these are violet on maps) for nights and weekends


Disabled Parking: ADA/ Handicap placards can be used in any lot so long as it is displayed with a campus parking pass (B, GS, C, or paying at the meter; the H pass along with a handicap can be used on campus for nights and weekends)

-If you need a temporary disability/ Handicap pass due to the changes, or for pregnancy accommodations, there is a form at the DMV that you would need to fill out and get a medical note, student health should be able to provide these: if you need assistant with this due to the loss of Pass B, please let us know and we can assist you and work the TPS (

-All campus passes can be used in the loading/ unloading zone- including GS and C


2) Next Steps:

We will be hosting another Town Hall on parking next Thursday, July 6 from 3-4 PM in the GSA Lounge to discuss next steps and options.

We are incredibly appreciative of those who came to our last town hall meetings given some of the topics raised at today’s meeting. TSP and LR were unaware of how parking impacted some TA duties with Animal Protocols, expensive equipment being transported, lactation rooms, gender neutral bathrooms, and that some folks cannot leave a lab or office to move their car and required to stay late and this was helpful information for us to learn and ask questions to those of you who are experts and have experience with these topics.

3) Information Request with Management

We will continue to work with TPS and Labor Relations, including sending an information request, so that we can provide more information on the changes and review options in our contract for a remedy.

This is part of our contract and collective bargaining rights.

4) Continuing to collect information

We are still seeking feedback via our surveyand this petition, and forwarding emails sent to TPS.

We are asking for TAs that work with animals, heavy/ dangerous/ expensive equipment, stem cells, or work in multiple buildings to contact us so we can take pictures of the equipment and talk about your TA duties specifically to ensure we are documenting all concerns with this, and access to parking.

We are asking folks that park in Lot 10 to document how full this lot is since this lot seems to be the point of contention, but are waiting on our information request to explain this.

UAW 2865 UCSB has started this process by going to Lot 10 today to document empty spaces while the “Lot Full” sign was lit.

Thank you again to everyone who has provided feedback, sent emails, and helped us with this parking issue!

In Solidarity,

Meg Undén (Sociology/ Campus Chair)

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

Emily Ellis (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology/ 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)


Town Hall- June 27 on Parking

Hey all- here is an email sent on June 26 with updates regarding concerns over the parking changes. Please join us for our town hall- June 27 from 3-4 PM, GSA lounge

Dear Members,

This email is to update everyone regarding the concerns with the parking pass changes per our prior email.

Reminder- our Town Hall on Parking is Tomorrow- Tuesday, June 27th from 3-4 PM in the GSA Lounge. Donuts will be provided!

We are hoping to get additional feedback about the parking changes, share information on our options using collective bargaining and contract, and the role of our graduate union to protecting and securing our rights and benefits such as parking and transit options– and hopefully restoring/ continued access to Parking Pass B (Staff) and Lots 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 45.

UAW 2865 UCSB is also in the process of doing the following to respond to the changes with parking passes:

·     Meeting with Nestor Covarrubias of Parking and Transit Services (PTS) and Labor Relations about the changes per our current contract, per Article 21 this week and after our town hall.

·     Utilizing a survey for feedback (identifying information will be redacted). This survey will remain open through Tuesday, June 27 at 10 PM to continue to get feedback and comments.

·     Utilizing UAW 2865 Resources to explore our options: including filing a formal grievance (Step 2) for contract violations

·     Contacting those who have expressed interest on working on parking/ transit with us to continue to get member led feedback and input

·     Collaborating with the incoming 2017- 2018 GSA Executive Board to support grads as workers (who will be present at the meeting on Tuesday)

Additional ways to take action on parking include:

-Taking our survey and encouraging grad workers to also complete this

– Forwarding any emails you have sent about this issue- such as emails to GSA, departments, TSP, etc. to to help us document complaints about the changes and possible violations

-Attend our town hall on 6/27 at the GSA Lounge from 3-4 PM

-Joining UAW 2865 as a member (all grads can join as members!)The higher our membership, the stronger our union is making us more effective when making demands and asking for remedies- such as hopefully getting parking pass B back!

-Taking our GSR Survey + Pledge to support SB 201 to recognize Research Assistants’ as workers to collectively bargain and unions to better connect grad workers regardless of their employment as a TA or RA.

– Sign this petition

We want to thank everyone who has taken our survey or emailed us to share feedback, comments, and concerns.

In Solidarity – UAW 2865 UCSB,

Meg Undén (Sociology/ Campus Chair)

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

Emily Ellis (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology/ 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)


Parking Changes

Please see below for an email sent on June 21 regarding the new parking pass changes for grads


Dear Members,

It has come to our attention that UCSB Parking has changed ASE parking passes from Pass B (staff) to a new pass called “GS” (Graduate Student) effective August 1, 2017. This will limit and restrict where TAs/ASEs can park, previously allowing us to park in violet and green lots to only yellow lots (on parking maps). Parking and transit are covered by our UAW 2865 Contract in Article 21.

If you have comments about this, please complete our quick survey (identifying information will be redacted).
We are in the process of pursuing a remedy as covered by our collective bargaining rights, utilizing UAW 2865 resources, and arranging a meeting with Transit & Parking Services and Labor Relations (date and time TBD) to hopefully maintain our parking pass access with Pass B lots.

If you have already contacted TPS, please forward the email to us and copy us on any emails about this issue:

One way to support our rights via collective bargaining and contract negotiation gains- such as parking, wage increases, tuition/ fee remission, health care, gender neutral bathrooms, and childcare is to sign up as a member!
You can also get involved by taking our GSR survey + and supporting SB 201 in allowing GSRs to unionize via this pledge.

UAW 2865 UCSB can also be contacted via email, facebook, and our website.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us about this.

In Solidarity,


Meg Undén (Sociology/ Campus Unit Chair)

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

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

Dell Rose (Religious Studies/ Head Steward)

Avi McClelland-Cohen- Cohen (Communications / Head Steward)

Andrew Elrod (History/ Head Steward)

Sarp Kurgan (Global Studies/ Head Steward)


Welcome to our PT Summer Organizers!

Dear Members,

We are excited to share that we have a new team for our summer membership recruitment + RA campaign with SB 201 to empower workers!

Please welcome our new PT Summer Organizers with UAW 2865 UCSB. Our team includes:

Our team includes:

  • Jesilyn Faust (Global Studies)
  • Idalia P. Robles De León (Sociology)
  • Dallas Bennett (Global Studies)
  • Carlos Baéz (Geography)
  • Avi McClelland-Cohen (Communications)
  • Gary Lytle (Global Studies)

You will be seeing these wonderful folks around campus to share information about our union, rights/ benefits, empowering workers, and updates with our campaign to allow Grad Research Assistants/ Research assistants the right to unionize and collectively bargain.

As always, you can contact us with questions or concerns!



— The UAW 2865 UCSB Hiring Committee

Meg Undén, Hannah Kagan-Moore, Emily Ellis, Dell Rose, Andrew Elrod, & Sarp Kurgan




UAW now hiring: RA Campaign Legislative Transition Coordinator, Apply by June 1

Here is a copy of the email sent on May 23rd for the UAW 2865 RA Campaign Legislative Transition Coordinator. Apply by June 1.

Dear UAW 2865 Members,

The Research Assistant (RA) Campaign of UAW 2865, the union for Teaching Assistants, Readers, and Tutors at the University of California, is looking to hire a Legislative Transition Coordinator at 15 hours a week, for the period of July 30 – September 30, 2017. Those interested should apply by 5pm, June 1 (details below).

Position Details

37.5% position at TA/GSI hourly pay rate, approximately $4200 for the duration of the appointment.

Purpose of the RA Campaign and Campaign Timeline

Research Assistants (RAs, often called GSRs) carry out a significant portion of the cutting-edge work propelling our University’s research mission. This work helps attract roughly $5 billion per year to California in research grants, and makes UC a world- renowned public university. Yet these RAs currently lack a voice through collective bargaining, even though virtually all other academic employees at UC, CSU and private institutions have this basic and critical workplace right. In fact, many RAs are in the absurd position of rotating between working as an RA and a TA and thus have unequal rights from one academic term (or appointment) to the next.

California Senator Nancy Skinner has introduced SB 201. This bill includes the ability for those who work as Research Assistants (RAs; often graduate student researchers but also including paid undergraduate Research Assistants) at public institutions, including at the University of California and California State Universities, to be recognized as employees and therefore to be allowed to choose to collectively bargain under the Higher Education Employee-Employer Relations Act (HEERA). It also maintains collective bargaining rights for those student employees who currently have them.

SB201 is currently on the Senate side of the CA legislature in the Appropriations committee, and if all goes well, it will be on the Senate floor in June, to the Assembly in July, and to Governor Jerry Brown by September. Once the bill is signed, our Local will engage in a membership drive of RAs and GSRs, also known as a “card campaign”, to unionize these currently unrepresented workers.

Job description

The RA Campaign Legislative Transition Coordinator’s (LTC) primary responsibility will be to see the legislative process through the end, when the bill makes it to Governor Brown’s desk (and optimistically, through its signing). This includes liaising with membership/potential members (i.e., RAs/GSRs) on the campuses and legislative offices for lobbying efforts. This position will also include communication with our sister Locals, UAW 5810 (the union the represents UC Post Docs) and UAW 4123 (the union that represents academic workers in the CSU system). The LTC will coordinate with new leadership and organizing staff regarding next steps. If the bill is successful, the LTC will coordinate the transition from a legislative campaign to a “card campaign.”

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

Skills required:

·       UAW Local 2865 member in good standing for at least 90 days

·       Experience with lobbying in the California legislature, communicating with legislative offices, lobbyists and student lobby corps

·       Excellent agenda-planning and facilitation skills for both in person and conference call meetings

·       Commitment to the labor movement and to racial, social, and economic justice

·       Ability to work unsupervised with honesty, and complete projects in a timely manner

·       Clear, fast, and effective communication skills, especially via email

·       Strong and affable in-person communication skills

·       A willingness to engage in on-the-ground organizing with members and non-members, including phone calls and in-person work

·       Knowledge of the structure of Local 2865 and our Contract

Skills desired:

·       Experience managing a team of workers and volunteers

·       Strong connections with student-workers in STEM fields

·       Prior experience with on-the-ground, grassroots organizing, especially in difficult to reach or unfriendly social environments

·       Experience lobbying for SB 201 is highly desirable

Application process

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to no later than 5pm, June 1.