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Postdoc Union

The University of California and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) have agreed to a new four year agreement, effective October 17, 2016 through September 30, 2020. The complete bargaining agreement can be viewed online on the UCOP website.

The agreement fairly compensates postdocs for their contributions, provides support for employees with families and is financially sound for the university

Highlights of the agreement are:

  • A new salary scale effective Dec. 1, 2016 that matches the National Institute of Health (NIH) Experience Scale and begins at step 2 of the NIH scale, providing a wage increase of about 10 percent for entry-level postdocs at the lowest step of the salary scale. 
  • All full-time postdocs will remain exempt employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Annual increases, which include salary range adjustments tied to the NIH scale as well as step increases.
  • In response to postdocs’ request for more family-friendly support, postdocs will receive four weeks of paid parental leave, on top of the 24 days of personal time off that postdocs currently receive.
  • Additional appointment security for postdocs who are appointed beyond one year
  • Better protections for postdocs who have complaints about sexual harassment

Postdocs may contact the Union at (510) 845-5726 or email uaw5810@uaw5810.org.

See also this Union FAQ.