The UAW 2865 Executive Board will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, August 17th from 12-1:30pm. All members are welcome to attend. Zoom link here.
Position: Campaign Researcher
UAW in California is excited to hire a motivated individual to fill the role of researcher and strategy assistant. This individual will research the growing lithium valley industry in southern California. With the expanding electric vehicle industry, the salton sea lithium reserves will soon be mined and processed, which will translate into a boom in jobs in the region. UAW believes these jobs should be sustainable, equitable, jobs, where workers have a voice at work.
The researcher will work with UAW organizers and local imperial valley partners to develop strategies around the new industry. Research will focus on the lithium valley, green economy, and auto transition to electric vehicles.
- Demonstrated ability to work and develop materials independently.
- Willingness and ability to research and learn about a new industry.
- Ability to work occasional irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
- Ability to frame issues and articulate organizational values and priorities.
- Ability to build relationships with a wide range of political and community leaders.
- Experience in union research, political campaigns, and/or related research experience preferred, but not required.
- Knowledge of the EV industry, preferred but not required
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Research union strategies across the country and create a plan for local reality.
- Work with unions and union allies to develop strategy, based on industry research.
- Plan work as assigned; make and execute daily, weekly, and monthly work plans based on assigned goals and objectives.
We are looking for a half-time/20 hours a week researcher. Work will be remote, with ability to check in throughout the week on zoom and phone. Compensation is about $29,000, with healthcare benefits.
Send a short cover letter and resume to Tom Hintze at email@example.com.
The June Monthly Executive Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28 starting at 3pm. All UAW 2865 members are welcome to attend. You can find the zoom link here.
At the bargaining table last Friday, UC finally dropped their demands to roll back our contract rights around discipline and dismissal — meaning that Academic Student Employees (ASEs) will keep our strong protections against unjust firings. UC also agreed to waive all costs related to language testing for international ASEs.
And after almost four months of negotiations, UC has offered its first package of economic proposals: wages, childcare, healthcare, leaves, and transit. On wages, UC proposed a 5% increase this year and 3% each of the following three years; this is the highest initial proposal UC has made in the history of our union and reflects our growing power, but with 9.2% inflation it is still an effective wage cut!
On childcare, the UC has proposed a paltry increase in dependent benefits: from $1100 to $1250 per quarter and from $1650 to $1875 per semester. UC recognized at the table today that “childcare costs have gone up,” but said they have no intention of “covering the cost of childcare for ASEs,” which can exceed $2000 per month even for UC’s own on-campus childcare services.
UC has proposed no substantive changes to healthcare, leaves, or transit. (You can see these and all other proposals from this round of bargaining in the bargaining tracker.)
Clearly, the UC is not yet ready to meet the demands of ASEs with reasonable discussion — it will take more power and more active participation from all academic workers to win our transformative demands. This means workers on every campus and in every department need to be organized and ready to take action. If your department has an organizing committee, join it! If not, bring your coworkers together to talk about the changes you want to see and what it will take the win — and reply to this email for support getting started.
Please read below for an important update on the UCSF Bargaining Team Election.
At the close of nominations, there were no contested positions. As a result, the election, scheduled for June 7-8, has been canceled.
The officers below were elected by acclamation following the close of nominations:
Bargaining Team Member:
Dimpho Orionzi (Sociology)
Congratulations to the newly elected bargaining team member!
UAW 2865 Elections Committee