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Petitioning UC Regents Fred Ruiz and 17 others

UC Regents: All Postdoctoral Researchers Deserve Equal Access to UC Health Benefits


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Supporters

We demand that all University of California postdocs have equal access to the Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan at the same cost. Equal benefits for equal work!

UC has been telling some postdoctoral scholars who have fellowships or other outside funding sources that they must pay hundreds of dollars per month for the Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Program (PSBP), in violation of the contract that the postdoc union (UAW Local 5810) negotiated with the university. The contract clearly states that all postdoctoral scholars and their dependents can enroll in the PSBP and sets affordable rates.

Many of those affected are in the US on immigrant guest worker visas and have won fellowships and other awards that collectively bring in millions of dollars of research funding to the university. Still, UC is forcing them to pay exorbitant rates or dissuading them from enrolling themselves or their families in the benefits, leading many to purchase inferior catastrophic plans at great personal cost. If you or a postdoc you know is in this situation, contact the union at uaw5810@uaw5810.org or (510) 845-5726

The University of California, which received over $4 billion in public grant funding in 2012, must follow the UC-UAW contract and give ALL postdoctoral scholars and their dependents equal access to the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan at the same cost.

Letter to
UC Regents Fred Ruiz
UC Regent Paul Wachter
UC Regent Jonathan Stein
and 15 others
UC Regent Leslie Tang Schilling
UC Regent Bonnie Reiss
UC Regent Norman Pattiz
UC Regent Hadi Makarechian
UC Regent Monica Lozano
UC Regent Sherry L. Lansing
UC Regent George Kieffer
UC Regent Eddie Island
UC Regent Russell Gould
UC Regent William De La Pena, M.D.
UC Regent Richard C. Blum
UC Regents Office
UC President Mark Yudof
UC Regents Bruce D. Varner
UC Regent Charlene Zettel
We demand that all University of California postdocs have equal access to the Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan at the same cost. Equal benefits for equal work!