Postdoctoral Researchers Unit Contract Ratification Notice


Dear Postdocs:

Your labor union, UAW Local 2322, is excited to announce that after months of negotiations with the University, the bargaining committee has reached tentative agreement on a successor agreement.

This new contract contains significant gains: a 23% increase to the minimum salary, 8 weeks paid parental leave, better professional development and mentorship, a locked-in health insurance out of pocket maximum of $1,000/person and $3,000/family, strong overtime provisions for part time Postdocs and increased University contributions to the Health and Welfare Trust, which provides childcare, vision and dental benefits. The PRO bargaining committee fought patiently for these wins and is proud to recommend this contract for ratification.

Let’s celebrate! And vote! On Friday, December 2 from 5pm-7pm, at the University Club, come out to connect with your fellow Postdoc union members and vote to approve the new contract. Click here for the summary highlighting key changes that you will be voting on in the new contract at UMass Amherst until March 2019. The existing contract is on-line at

Thank you for your participation in this contract negotiation process. We look forward to seeing you all on December 2 and working with you this coming year. If anyone has any questions about the contract, the ratification vote, or the Union, please feel free to contact us.

In Solidarity,

Jocelyn Silverlight
President, UAW Local 2322

Anais Surkin
UAW Local 2322 Servicing Representative/Organizer

Nicholas Venti
Postdoc & Bargaining Committee Member

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