Dominican Adjuncts Reach Tentative Agreement

After marathon final bargaining session — that took a whopping 10 hours — resulted in a historic first contract for the Dominican University Adjunct Faculty. The next step is to present it to our members for an up or down ratification vote on April 25-27 at the Caleruega Dining Hall --- 11AM-1PM and 3PM-6PM.

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Dominican Untenured Profs Vote to Unionize

From Marin Independent Journal:

Lecturers and adjunct professors at Dominican University in San Rafael have joined counterparts at Saint Mary's College in Moraga in a nationwide movement seeking better pay and greater job stability.

The lecturers at both colleges voted late last year to form unions, becoming the fourth and fifth private colleges in the Bay Area to do so in 2014.

Nicola Pitchford, Dominican's vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, issued a letter to the campus community this week that stated, "A large proportion of those eligible to cast ballots did so, with the outcome that a clear majority expressed their desire to be represented by the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) in collective bargaining. The vote tally was 139 to 77. The next step will be for the union and the university to embark on negotiating a contract."

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Adjunct Faculty at 2 Bay Area Colleges File for Union Election

From Inside Higher Ed:

Adjuncts at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., along with adjuncts at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, have filed petitions with the National Labor Relations Board for an election to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union. Adjuncts at several other institutions in the San Francisco area have voted to form unions affiliated with SEIU in recent months: Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts.

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