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Petitioning UC Regent Richard Blum and 15 others

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)

Letter to
UC Regent Richard Blum
UC Regent Fred Ruiz
UC Regen Russell Gould
and 13 others
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
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.