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Collective Bargaining Representation

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is the exclusive representative of the postdoctoral scholars. Individuals in the following titles are in this systemwide bargaining unit:

    • Postdoctoral Scholar — Employee (Title Code 3252)
    • Postdoctoral Scholar — Fellow (Title Code 3253)
    • Postdoctoral Scholar — Paid Direct (Title Code 3254)
    • Postdoctoral Scholar — Employee NEX (Title Code 3255) *NEW*
    • Interim Postdoctoral Scholar — Employee (Title Code 3256) *NEW*

The Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) considers all appointees to these titles to be “employees” for the purpose of collective bargaining and exclusive representation.

Under HEERA, the UAW is the exclusive representative of employees in the PX unit.  In accordance, the union has the exclusive right and authority to negotiate with UC management about the wages, hours, benefits and working conditions that the employer provides to the employee it represents.

The negotiated terms (the contract) govern most of the University’s relationship with the postdocs.

New PX collective bargaining agreement is effective October 17, 2016 through September 30, 2020.



The new contract has several changes in the Appointment article. Initial appointments must still be one year; however, for Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellows and -Paid Directs, the duration is the length of their fellowship award funding.

UC graduate students who graduate and require a short (less than one year) postdoctoral appointment to complete their graduate work, may be appointed into the new Interim Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee (3256) appointment.

Reappointments of Postdoctoral Scholars from any title into the Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee title must be for 2 years.  However, reappointment may be for less than 2 years under certain circumstances: programmatic work, funding, eligibility, work authorization and change in PI.


Appointment Step for Postdoctoral Scholar Experience Level

6/1/2018 Salary Scale


6/1/2018 Salary Scale


12/1/2018 Salary Scale


12/1/2018 Salary Scale


Level 0  (0-11 months) $49,188 $4,099 $50,760 $4,230
Level 1  (12-23 months) $51,324 $4,277 $52,896 $4,408
Level 2  (24-35 months) $53,184 $4,432 $54,756 $4,563
Level 3  (36-47 months) $55,308 $4,609 $56,880 $4,740
Level 4  (48-59 months) $57,528 $4,794 $59,100 $4,925
Level 5  (60-71 months) $59,736 $4,978 $61,308 $5,109


For Postdoctoral Scholar-Employees (3252) whose appointments are under 100% time and will not meet the DOL FLSA threshold of $913 per week/$47,476 per year, their appointments will be converted to nonexempt, biweekly effective 11/20/16. In the future, these part-time, non-exempt postdocs will be appointed into the new titlecode Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee NEX (3255).  Implementation of this titlecode has been delayed due to PPS programming.



Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs (OPRSA) has reached out to departments with postdocs who may be impacted by this new regulation. Those that were confirmed to be meet the criteria will be converted to biweekly, nonexempt status.  OPRSA will send out notices to the impacted postdocs by 10/31/2016; and enter the PPS changes during the week of 11/1/16 to 11/4/2016. 

This conversion requires nonexempt postdocs to record their time on a daily basis and submit their timesheets on the biweekly cycle. This will be new to postdocs and will require departments to provide MyTime support to the postdocs. In addition, it will be very important for supervisors and dept staff to monitor the hours recorded and ensure appointment percentage comply with percentage of effort.

Detailed information regarding nonexempt postdocs can be found in Article 25-Time and Effort of the new contract

Additional information on the biweekly conversion is available at:

OPRSA will enter the PPS changes for the 11/20/16 biweekly conversion; however, for future part time postdoc NEX appointments, here is the instructions for departmental PPS entry.

PPS NEX appointment manual [PDF]


Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs and Labor Relations will hold campus training on the new contract. Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    • 8:30-10:30 on General Campus/SOM and open to all
      Location: Leichtag Bldg, room 107
Thursday, November 17, 2016
    • 8:30-10:30 on General Campus/SOM and open to all
      Location: Leichtag Bldg, room 107
    • 2:00-4:00 at Health Science Frazee Bldg for ARC center staff
Friday, November 18, 2016
    • 10:00-12:00 at SIO New Scripps Bldg, room 114 for SIO staff

Additional information, FAQs, and updates to the appointment process will be posted in the near future.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Oh at or (858) 534-6632.

For more information about the appointment process in RSAS, refer to the RSAS user manual for instructions.