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NLRB Columbia Ruling Breaks Down Major Barrier to Organizing Higher Ed Workers

BERKELEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Postdoctoral scholars at the University of California applaud today’s 3-1 decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that will help expand the academic labor movement. Overturning a 2004 decision, the NLRB ruled that Graduate Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants at private universities are workers with organizing rights.
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Postdocs Urge UC to Comply with President Obama's New DOL Rule and Pay Them Fairly

BERKELEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Postdoctoral scholars at UC were encouraged to learn that they would be covered by a new rule proposed by the Obama administration that would raise the salary threshold for the “bona fide professional” overtime exemption. The rule would require UC to pay the majority of the postdocs it employs for the overtime hours they work, for which they are currently not compensated.

39 Members of Congress Join UAW to Stop Devastating Cuts to Science Programs

BERKELEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Two United Auto Worker locals announced today that 39 members of the House of Representatives have joined their effort to stop the Sequester, the disastrous budgeting policy that indiscriminately cuts billions from federal research budgets, slowing the pace of innovation and forcing scientists around the country to walk away from promising projects. A letter signed by the 39 members was delivered today to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Postdoc Union Launches Campaign Urging UC to Reimburse Employees for Contractual Health Benefits UC Unfairly Refused to Provide

BERKELEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- UAW 5810, the union representing more than 6,000 postdoctoral scholars at the University of California, has launched a new online push for action urging UC to stop dragging its feet and reimburse many newly-immigrated postdocs for health care benefits it is contractually obligated to provide. The ads, which are linked to a change.org petition, can be seen here.