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PostDoc Unions!

US PostDoc Unions
1st PostDoc Union in US and World: UCONN PostDocs
PostDocs after two or more years of struggle and fight with the administration to join a Union, finally succeeded and made history on Aug, 28, 2003 at the Uconn Health Center (UCHC), Farmington, Connecticut. The PostDocs won the election conducted by the permission of labor board and joined theUniversity Health Professional Local (UHP-) is a local affiliate of American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

University of California:
UC PostDocs Unionize
After a failed attempt to unionize during 2006, the UC PostDocs worked hard, fought against all odds and succeeded to join Union. On Aug 19, 2008 almost 5 years after UconnPostdocs unionization, another success story was published in Science magazine by Beryl Lieff Benderly stating that the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) approved Union card signed by 5000 UC Postdocs and made them eligible to join Union, unlike Connecticut PostDocs where a voting was carried out, the UC PostDocs were eligible directly to unionize once PERB verified. UC campus is the largest PostDoc group to unionize, the strength of PostDocs in UC is as large as the entire Canada's PostDocs?.

Rutgers University PostDocs Unionization
Rutgers PostDocs are working to Unionize?
PostDocs at the Rutgers are working with AAUP-AFT the local affiliate of their Union to unionize the PostDocs, the Rutgers Council of AAUP Chapter has put up this notice saying " PostDocs at the Rutgers University are voting to form a Union. You can help. Check this site....

UMass, MA PostDoc Unionization Efforts!

Canada PostDoc Unions
1st Canadian PostDoc Union- McMaster University PostDocs

McMaster University PostDocs and University of Western Ontario successefully unionized recently, McMaster will be the Canadian counterpart of UCONN PostDocs, they both are the Firsts. McMaster is the first Canadian PostDocs to unionize and they are on their way close to achieving first contract.

UK PostDoc Unions

European PostDoc Unions

Japan PostDoc Unions

China PostDocs

India PostDocs

Global PostDocs

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