19 results for author: Jonathan Huskey


Kelly’s Story: Duke Admin Shouldn’t Make Faculty Poverty a Teachable Moment

Crossposted from Duke Faculty Union's website Last night I was up all hours scrolling through Craigslist looking for food service jobs again. Even after four years on the Duke University faculty, they have yet to tell me if I’ll be back next semester and my wages are so low I don’t have the luxury to wait to find out. This year I managed to avoid taking a second job during the school year but job uncertainty and low pay mean no cushion, no way to pay the bills or put food on my own table. Looking for food service work triggers memories of waiting tables for students I’ve taught who are shocked to see me in that role. Most students don’t ...

SEIU’s Henry: Yale University must follow the law and honor graduate workers’ union

WASHINGTON—SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in support of Yale University graduate workers’ demand that administrators negotiate in good faith with their union: “When working people join together in unions, they can have a strong voice to take on an economic and political system where the rules are rigged against us by politicians who put greedy corporations' profits over the needs of working families. This is especially true in higher education where more families can’t afford to send their kids to college and many campuses refuse to recognize hard working graduate students as employees." ...

Community College Tenured Faculty Speak Out for the Future of Higher Ed

Thousands of tenured faculty members have formed unions at community colleges across the country, creating a strong voice for our students and the future of higher education. Here are a few of their stories. "As a tenured professor at Norwalk Community College, I witness my union working to reclaim, reinvest and reinvigorate higher ed —reversing decades of underfunding, outsourcing, and silencing of faculty voices. We hope you will join us in SEIU and the movement that is taking on the crisis in higher education." - Thomas Jackson, Norwalk Community College, Business Professor "In Connecticut, over 90% of our students live and work in ...

Fordham Faculty and the University Community are United for a Better Fordham

Fordham University contingent faculty have learned university officials plan legal maneuvers to delay a fair vote and derail any good faith effort to bargain with the resulting union. Faculty have responded that they will launch a public campaign, backed by the Catholic Tradition and with community support, to win an alternative path to their union. Hannah Jopling, Adjunct Professor in Anthropology and Sociology said: "Fordham's effort to stonewall our union through the National Labor Relations Board process, rather than listen to its non-tenure track faculty, is insulting to more than half of the teaching staff at Fordham. The administration’s ...

Contingent Faculty at Fordham U. File for Union Election with SEIU

Joining with thousands of faculty across the country, part-time and full-time non-tenure track faculty at Fordham University in New York City filed for a union election with SEIU Local 200United on March 20, 2017. "I am excited that we are moving forward by filing for our union election,” Hannah Jopling, Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, said. “I believe that the only way we can remedy the social injustice at Fordham – namely its exploitation of contingent faculty – is to form a union. With a voice in determining these work conditions, we can build a better Fordham." Over half of Fordham faculty are off the ...

American University Grad Workers File for Union Election with SEIU Local 500

Graduate workers at American University in Washington, DC announced that on Friday, February 24th, they filed for a union election to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 as part of the national union movement to reclaim higher education’s mission. American University graduate workers are continuing to build support while taking an important step towards a vote to join contingent faculty at six colleges and universities in the Washington, DC area and dozens of other universities who have joined SEIU in the past three years. ““I’m thrilled that my fellow AU grad workers and I are one step closer to a union by filing ...

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 ...