The Postdoctoral Scholars Unit (PX) is a systemwide bargaining unit comprised of postdoctoral scholars and postgraduate researchers who work in support of faculty and lecturers. The unit, which includes a total of about 5,988* postdoctoral and postgraduate scholars, is represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 5810.
The state Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) was amended in January 2000 to establish an "agency shop" at the University of California (HEERA §3583.5). By law, UC employees who are represented by a union but do not join and pay membership dues are required to pay a "fair share" fee through mandatory paycheck deductions. The deductions are paid to the union to help cover the union's costs for negotiations, contract administration, and related representational activities.
Fair share fees must be paid by all employees in the PX Unit who are not members of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 5810 whether or not they support the union. The only exception under the law is for an employee "who is a member of a bona fide religion, body or sect that has historically held conscientious objections to joining or financially supporting public employee organizations." (HEERA §3584). Employees may apply to UAW Local 5810 for conscientious objector (CO) status. Once UAW Local 5810 grants CO status, the employee may select one of the charities agreed to by UAW Local 5810 and UC, to which the fees will be paid (see chart below).
Employees who wish to apply for conscientious objector status should contact UAW Local 5810 directly.
UAW Local 5810 dues structure and fair share fees (effective August 2013)
- Dues Structure / Values
- 1.44% of gross pay
- Agency Fee Amount
- 1.12% of gross pay
- CO Charities
- American Cancer Society; Habitat for Humanity; Oxfam