UC: Ensure Researcher Health and Wellbeing During COVID-19 Outbreak
As UC continues to encourage remote work and our society as a whole adapts to the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are writing to ensure that all UC researchers are equally protected. It is essential during this time that the UC administration acts to ensure the health, safety, and economic well being of our entire community. UC can do this by:
- Ensuring that all research groups take measures to avoid community transmission of COVID-19. This means directing researchers to work remotely and not come to campus, other than existing emergency preparedness protocols. Researchers also must be protected from retaliation and have the option to confidentially report if best practices are not being adhered to.
- Guaranteeing that all researchers will continue to be paid and no researcher will be laid off because of COVID-19, or lose their current or prospective appointment. Many researchers are already at financial risk due to low salaries, and often do not qualify for unemployment benefits because of immigration status or their source of funding.
We ask that the UC administration implement these measures immediately. We also fully support the joint bargaining demands of UAW Locals 2865 and 5810 regarding the impacts of COVID-19.