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ERIC Number: EJ827354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Organizing in the Lab
Weaver, Benjamin
Academe, v94 n6 p22-23 Nov-Dec 2008
As in campaigns to organize graduate student employees, the way in which postdocs are classified by their institutions is important. A postdoc is no longer a student and should not expect to be treated like one. Frequently, however, the postdoc experience is little different from that of a graduate student, with perhaps slightly higher pay. Postdocs can end up in a bureaucratic limbo, treated as neither students nor employees. The University of California (UC) used to classify postdocs as "visiting" employees. As "visitors," they were not eligible for dental and vision insurance. This policy, badly in need of correction, was an ideal motivation for a collectively bargained contract. In this article, the author discusses his involvement in a postdoctoral organizing campaign in UC. He also describes the many reasons why postdocs are clamoring for collective bargaining.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California