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Teamsters Local 2010 to Strike Jan. 10

Teamsters Local 2010 has provided notice of its intent to strike on Tuesday, Jan. 10, based on perceived unfair labor practices by the University. The University views the union’s charges as being without foundation, and therefore considers the strike unlawful because the parties are still in active negotiations and no impasse has been reached. More>

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Contract Agreement for Healthnet and Sutter Health

Health Net and Sutter Health were able to come to an agreement for the 2017 plan year. No network disruption is expected. UC Health Net Blue & Gold and Seniority Plus members will continue to have access to Sutter providers and hospitals in the Blue & Gold network.

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Adel Flores Named New Chief Audit Executive

Flores will serve as the head of Internal Audit for the Lab. The position reports administratively to the Lab Director and functionally to the UC Regents. Internal Audit Services enhances and protects the Lab’s organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, audit, and investigation services. More>

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Comment Period Open for UC Proposed Revised Presidential Policy

The University invites comments (no later than Jan. 13) on Proposed Revised Presidential Policy on Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action. Go here to review proposed policy.

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UC Diversity Leaders Meet for Inaugural Retreat

Last week, the Lab participated in the inaugural retreat, which brought about 90 diversity leaders, practitioners, faculty members, students and administrators from around the University of California. They discussed best practices in building diversity, equity, engagement, and inclusion. More>

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UC Announces New Disability Insurance Options for 2017

Employees can choose Voluntary Short-Term Disability (benefits up to six months), Long-Term Disability (benefits after six months, up to your Social Security retirement age) or both, depending on needs and budget. Since premiums are paid with after-tax dollars, income from Voluntary Disability Insurance is generally not taxable. View informational video here. More>

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WD&E Helps CUCSA Participants Explore Hands-On Science

At a recent meeting of the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA), the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education (WD&E) led team-building activities for 30 attendees, using hands-on activities from the BLISS Resource Center. Participants explored “Solids, Gases, and Liquids” and “Paper Circuits,” working together to engineer solutions.

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SkyDeck Accelerator Encourages Proposals from Lab Researchers

SkyDeck — which combines Silicon Valley acceleration with University of California resources — gives startups the opportunity to launch and compete with industry leaders. SkyDeck has a large and active network of investors and hosts a Demo Day at the end of each session. To qualify, a team member must have a UCSF, UC Berkeley, or Berkeley Lab affiliation. Applications are due Sept. 23. More>

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UC Offers ‘Preparing for Retirement’ Webinars; Next Session on Aug. 9

The presentation — for UCRP members considering retirement from UC within the next five years — covers topics such as understanding the UCRP pension benefits, retirement savings, and retiree health coverage. Webinars are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 23, Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 8 and 22, and Dec. 6 and 20. More>

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Global Food Initiative Honors ’30 Under 30’

The initiative addresses how to sustainably and nutritiously feed our world. UC is working to develop solutions to improve food security, health and sustainability locally, nationally and globally. The 30 Under 30 Awards highlight inspirational young leaders who are making a mark in tackling the global food challenge. Berkeley Lab is part of UC’s Global Food Initiative. More>

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