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Neal Sweeney, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Cruz studying stem cell therapies for eye disease. He is President of the United Auto Workers 5810, which represents over 6,000 postdocs at the University of California.

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UC Should Honor Union Contracts and Treat Postdoctoral Scholars Fairly

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 2:14 PM

This time of year, students are starting at University of California campuses all over the state. But they aren't the only ones arriving for the first time. Thousands of post-doctoral researchers (or "postdocs"), a majority of whom are recent immigrants on guest worker visas, are orienting themselves to new cities...

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UC Postdoctoral Researchers Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:25 PM

For the thousands of international students and researchers who come to U.S. universities each year, the academy is seen as a beacon of opportunity, where the people who work the hardest and the best ideas rise to the top.

As a union representing more than 6,000 postdoctoral...

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Labor and Immigrant Groups Can Move Forward Together

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 3:32 PM

One of the most oft-repeated lessons of the 2012 election is that America's growing population of immigrants is a force to be reckoned with. While many of us in the labor movement have known this for a long time, recently released figures drive this lesson home - bucking...

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The Fiscal Cliff Casualties You Won't See

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 7:09 PM

If Congress's intransigence sends us over the fiscal cliff next week, the short-term economic consequences will be devastating. But what will happen over the long term? Cuts and tax increases on the middle class will hurt - but perhaps the greatest casualties will be the discoveries that were never made...

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Minnesota Graduate Assistants Deserve a Voice at Work

(18) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 12:04 PM

The University of Minnesota (UMN) administration has just been given a huge opportunity to respect democracy in the workplace.

Graduate student activists just announced that a majority of all 4,500 UMN Graduate Assistants have signed cards choosing Graduate Student Workers United/UAW (GSWU/UAW) as their Union....

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Super Committee Fail Jeopardizes Science Research

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 2:05 PM

Postdoctoral researchers at the University of California, myself included, understand the importance of federally funded research. Investment in science by the federal government, through agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) has enabled us to do amazing things, from dramatic improvements in...

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