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Washington, D.C. and Maryland
The nation’s capital city was the first metropolitan area targeted by SEIU, an effort that predated the launch of Adjunct Action in April 2013. After organizing part-time faculty at George Washington University (in 2005), Montgomery College (2008), American University (2012), and Georgetown University (2013), the local chapter expanded its efforts.
Howard University and the Maryland Institute College of Art ran successful union elections in April 2014, and adjuncts at the University of the District of Columbia are slated to find out their election results in late August.
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After rallying contingent workers in Washington, D.C., and its Maryland suburbs, the national labor union started a similar regional effort in Boston. The name of that strategy? You guessed it: Adjunct Action.
Tufts University marked the first union win in September 2013, followed by Lesley University and Northeastern University earlier this year. But adjuncts at Bentley University narrowly—and surprisingly—voted against unionization.
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Los Angeles and the Bay Area
Then the strategy expanded to Los Angeles. Whittier College, the pioneer of the bunch, moved quickly: Adjuncts there filed with the National Labor Relations Board in November 2013, and by the end of December 2013, they had voted in favor of unionizing through SEIU.
At the same time, Loyola Marymount University and the University of La Verne were also taking steps to unionize, but their efforts proved to be much thornier. After administrators pushed back, both efforts were halted—one planned vote count is postponed indefinitely, another canceled altogether.
Months later, they remain in limbo, says Andrew Hagelshaw, a spokesperson for SEIU’s public division. Loyola Marymount adjuncts are, again, building toward a distant election, and La Verne ballots are being held by the NLRB. It’s unclear when they will be counted.
Elsewhere in California, however, the campaign has moved forward. Adjuncts at institutions in Laguna Beach, Oakland, and San Francisco all saw success this summer.