Postdoctoral Scholar Employee and Labor Relations

The University of California is committed to an university environment that provides equal opportunity and promotes a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences among faculty, staff, postdocs and the student body.

UCLA strives to have an inclusive, supportive environment and supportive community that provides postdoctoral training opportunities and maximizes and values the potential of all postdocs.

For general employment-related concerns (vacation, payroll, reasonable accommodations, leaves, benefits) regarding your postdoctoral scholar appointment, please contact your Human Resources representative.

For questions about grievances, mediation, layoffs, corrective action, dismissal and other labor-relations concerns, please contact your union representative.

Postdoctoral Scholars Union Representation Information

Postdoctoral Scholars play a dual role as fellows engaged in mentored advanced training and as employees or fellows contributing to UCLA’s research programs.

Under the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA), employees have the right to organize and form a collective bargaining unit. In November 2008, the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) was recognized as the exclusive representative of UC postdoctoral scholars. The unit includes postdoctoral scholars at all campuses.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) and the University of California Regents jointly announced on August 12, 2010 that UC postdoctoral scholars voted to ratify their first union contract effective through September 30, 2015, and extended through September 30, 2016. Announced on October 27, 2016, four-year contract, effective October 17, 2016 through September 30, 2020, was ratified.

Contract Information

Union Information

Notice: University policies, procedures and applicable collective bargaining agreements shall supersede information in this document or elsewhere on this site.