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President Yudof and UC Regents: Support Family-Friendly Policies for All UC Student-Workers and Employees

We call on the university to enact family-friendly policies for Graduate Student Research Assistants, Postdoctoral Scholars and other employees including improved parental/family leave, childcare subsidies and healthcare coverage for all dependents.

UC employees, including Research Assistants and Postdoctoral Scholars, often work long hours and make important contributions to the University of California and society as a whole. However, it is often difficult for these workers to balance family lives with their work demands. This stress negatively affects both workers and the academy as a whole. According to a study by Mary Ann Mason at UC Berkeley (1), more women are obtaining Ph.D.s in science than ever before, but those women — in many cases due to pressures from having a family — are far more likely than their male counterparts to “leak” out of the pipeline before obtaining tenure at a college or university. Under-representation of women in senior roles has been a longstanding problem within academia.

We also demand that UC drop its opposition to giving Graduate Student Research Assistants the freedom to choose for themselves whether to form a union and bargain collectively – the same rights currently held by all other UC employees including the Teaching Assistants, Research Associates, and Postdoctoral Scholars who work alongside them.

(1) Mary Ann Mason, Marc Goulden, and Karie Frasch,“Keeping Women in the Science Pipeline,” UC Berkeley (2010)

This petition was delivered to:
  • UC Regent
    Richard Blum
  • UC Regent
    Fred Ruiz
  • UC Regen
    Russell Gould
  • UC Regent
    Charlene Zettel
  • UC Regent
    Paul Wachter
  • UC Regent
    Jonathan Stein
  • UC Regent
    Bonnie Reiss
  • UC Regent
    Norman Pattiz
  • UC Regent
    Hadi Makarechian
  • UC Regent
    Sherry L. Lansing
  • UC Regent
    George Kieffer
  • UC Regent
    Eddie Island
  • UC Regent
    William De La Pena, M.D.
  • UC Regents Office
  • UC President
    Mark Yudof
  • UC Regent
    Bruce D. Varner


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