13 results for author: Jonathan Huskey


Vanderbilt Faculty File for Union Election

In the latest milestone for the Faculty Forward movement, on February 16, non-tenure-eligible faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville filed a petition with the NLRB to unite with SEIU Local 205. As Nashville Public Radio reports, this would be the first faculty union at a private university in Tennessee, and is part of a movement to raise standards and quality in higher education which has grown rapidly across the nation. "I believe forming a union is the only way to guarantee fairness and transparency for the ever-growing number of non-tenure eligible faculty at Vanderbilt,” said Amy Cooter, Senior Lecturer of Sociology. “By coming ...

Loyola Graduate Workers Vote to Join SEIU

Hundreds of graduate student assistants who teach, conduct research, and work at Loyola University Chicago (LUC) took a historic step on February 8 to join the growing union movement in higher education by voting to join SEIU Local 73. Approximately 60 percent of LUC graduate workers who cast a ballot voted in favor of forming a union, showing that graduate student employees want to have a collective voice to improve working conditions, benefits, and funding. Funding has been a critical issue for graduate student employees at Loyola. With an average yearly salary of $18,000 along with affordable healthcare, it is nearly impossible for workers like ...

Graduate Worker Survey Shows the Need to Unite for a Brighter Future

Nearly a thousand of graduate workers across the United States participated in a SEIU survey this fall that exposed real concern about their jobs—and how they would like to improve them. Our survey found that top concerns were: Pay/stipends- 94% Health insurance- 89% Professional development- 87% Workload- 87% Respect- 86% Research funding- 85% Academic freedom- 82% Job security- 81% The unique blend of economic and academic concerns show what we’ve been saying all along: That graduate student employees are an integral part of the core mission of higher education. Both public and private universities depend ...

NEW SURVEY OF GRADUATE ASSISTANTS SHOWS WIDESPREAD CONCERN WITH PAY, HEALTHCARE AND JOB SECURITY

Download more information and to see what graduate workers are saying about the survey. Widespread problems with pay, healthcare, job security and discrimination are cited as some of the top issues for graduate assistants across the country, according to a new survey. The survey by Service Employees International Union (SEIU), provides deeper insight into why a majority of graduate assistants see a role for a unified voice to improve working conditions and are forming unions in growing numbers after the August National Labor Relations Board decision that restored their rights. Graduate student assistants at Duke University and Loyola University ...

Know Your Rights: International Student Workers

The National Labor Relations Board recently restored the federally protected rights of student employees at private universities to organize and form a labor union. Below are answers to frequently asked questions on how organizing and collective bargaining impacts student employees on nonimmigrant visas.   As an international student, I was very excited when I first heard that graduate student workers here at AU are seeking to unionize. A union is an excellent way to connect with students across campus from different schools and programs and turn it into an opportunity to make our voices heard. Coming together as a graduate student workers’ ...

Hillsborough Community College Adjunct Faculty Overwhelmingly Vote to Join SEIU

In an important victory for faculty across the nation, part-time faculty at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in Tampa have overwhelmingly voted to join SEIU Florida Public Service Union and contingent faculty across the country in a union movement. The faculty voted 2 to 1 in favor of a union. The victory marks the first faculty union election in Florida, and at a public university in the South, with SEIU. HCC adjuncts will join over 13,000 college instructors across the country who have joined SEIU in the past three years, from community colleges to universities ranked in the top 10 of U.S. News Ranking of national universities. Votes for the ...

Faculty at Minneapolis College of Art and Design vote to join SEIU Local 284

Over 100 part-time and full-time faculty from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) voted overwhelmingly to form a faculty union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284 just days after adjunct faculty at Augsburg College filed for their own union election. Instructors at both institutions are forming unions for a stronger voice to improve teaching conditions and advocate on behalf of students. “I am thrilled to see such a resounding vote for forming our union amongst both part-time and full-time faculty,” said Daniel Dean, an Adjunct in Media at MCAD. “Now, we can work together towards changes that will ...

University of Minnesota Tenure, Tenure Track and Contingent Instructors are #OneFaculty in Union Election

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities faculty praised a decision by the State Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS) on September 20th that affirms the unified bargaining unit requested by tenure-track and contingent faculty for their union election, setting the stage for a vote later this fall.  “I am pleased with the state’s decision to allow contingent faculty like me the opportunity to gain a stronger voice at the University by forming a union with our tenure-track colleagues,” said Jason Stahl, a Lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Policy Development. “We are building this union together to strengthen the voice of ...

Faculty vow to take Fight for $15, union rights to the ballot box in 2016 by joining others in massive protests at city halls in 500 cities

More college faculty are working “part-time,” but they don’t always earn enough to cover basic necessities like food, clothing and rent. Many universities, just like profitable corporations, can afford to raise pay dramatically, but they choose not to. Our economy is way out of balance, and it’s not only happening in restaurants and airports—people are struggling at campuses all across the country—and it isn’t ok. On November 10, thousands of faculty took to the streets to say that we need to reset our priorities at colleges, universities, and in corporations across the country. In dozens of cities, including—Boston,  New ...

Faculty at St. Louis Comm. College Vote Overwhelmingly to Join SEIU

Part-time faculty at St. Louis Community College (STLCC) have overwhelmingly voted to form a union with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1. Over 90 percent of ballots cast voted in favor of joining SEIU along with colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis who voted to form a union earlier this year. Maryanne Angliongto teaches astronomy at ST LCC. She said “This vote gives part-time faculty at St. Louis Community College a voice with the administration that they did not previously have. It will allow those who do not get the chance to talk regularly with other instructors the opportunity to do so and to raise our concerns ...