No UAW union for academic workers has negotiated a contract that requires all covered employees to make the same amount. And because we as postdocs will make our own decisions about our contract we would likely not negotiate for or vote to approve a contract that requires all postdocs to be paid the same. As an example, we could propose a wage structure like the one that postdocs at the University of California bargained that includes:
- I heard an administrator say if we unionize and negotiate pay increases, we might have fewer jobs overall.
- My PI does not have a lot of money. Will a union hurt our PIs or lead to fewer postdoc positions?