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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)
    • Interim Postdoctoral Scholar — Employee (Title Code 3256)

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.

PX collective bargaining agreement is effective December 9, 2022 through September 30, 2027.