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UC postdoctoral researchers reach tentative agreement

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On Aug. 1, a union representing postdoctoral researchers at the University of California reached a tentative collective-bargaining agreement.

The five-year pact between the university system and Postdoctoral Researchers Organize/UAW (PRO/UAW), which represents 6,500 postdoctoral researchers in the UC system, calls for pay increases of at least 3% per year from 2010 to 2015 for researchers earning less than $47,000. Those who earn $47,000 or more per year would receive a 1.5% raise in 2010, with 2% yearly increases from 2011 to 2015.

According to the union, the agreement would leave UC postdoctoral researchers’ benefits and premium costs unchanged until 2012. Then researchers would pay more for benefits if UC and the union are unable to agree on cost-saving measures.

The agreement also guarantees the researchers will have appointments for at least one year, with limited exceptions. In addition, it gives PRO/UAW the ability to define the conditions under which UC may lay off bargaining-unit members, including determining the timeliness of notifications and the amount researchers would have to be paid if laid off.

The researchers union is affiliated with the United Auto Workers union.

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