Nearly 1400 contingent professors in the Bay Area will be heading into 2015 with something they have not had yet in their careers: a union, and hope for improvements in their tenuous working conditions.
Roughly 400 contingent faculty at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and almost 300 at Dominican University in San Rafael have become the newest members of SEIU Local 1021. Votes were counted at the National Labor Relations Board on December 29, with sizable majorities at both schools voting for the union. These schools also represent the fourth and fifth private nonprofit colleges in the Bay Area to form adjunct faculty unions through the national Adjunct Action campaign, joining over 21,000 adjuncts who are already members of SEIU. Another 700 adjunct faculty at Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts have all joined SEIU Local 1021 this year, and are all currently in various stages of contract negotiations.
Unionization has already provided adjuncts with improved compensation, increased access to benefits and measures of job security such as longer-term contracts at many institutions of higher education throughout the country, including at Tufts, Georgetown, George Washington University and American University, to name just a few.Read more
Bay Area Adjunct Unions Support Contingent Faculty at St. Mary's College in Their Union Organizing Drive!
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