19 results for author: Jonathan Huskey


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 ...

Big News: Chicago City Council unanimously votes to honor faculty, supports right to form unions

As several SEIU Faculty Forward union campaigns gain ground, Chicago City Council unanimously voted on October 14th in support of Chicago professors at area private colleges who are moving to form unions, including Loyola University Chicago and the University of Chicago. Council members passed a resolution that calls for private, non-profit colleges and universities in the Chicago area to improve working conditions for non-tenure track faculty and to also allow them to unionize without interference. There are more than 6,500 non-tenured faculty working in private colleges and universities in Chicago. Along with stagnant or low pay and little job ...

Chicago Faculty from 19 Schools Join National SEIU/Faculty Forward Movement at Symposium

Thousands of faculty at dozens of colleges and universities have voted to join SEIU/Faculty Forward in the last two years. On Sunday, September 27th, faculty from 19 Chicagoland colleges and universities met to build on the momentum they've created to win a voice in their profession and to reverse the trend of low pay, few benefits and little job stability. "Today we came together to raise the profile of serious issues facing higher education, and set goals to improve our profession in Chicago. But hundreds of faculty across Chicago have been active in a growing movement to raise standards in higher education and the broader economy," said Loyola ...

Inside Higher Ed Reports: St. Mary’s College Contingent Faculty Win Important Unemployment Insurance Agreement

For some adjunct faculty, the summer isn’t a vacation. Without classes to teach, paychecks stop. Unemployment insurance can help cushion the blow of three months of no work, especially since many adjuncts who depend on teaching as their primary income, even those working a full-time course load throughout the year, make less than $30,000 a year. Unfortunately, colleges across the country routinely contest the eligibility of contingent faculty to collect unemployment benefits, under the pretext that these faculty members had a reasonable assurance of employment for the next semester. As Inside Higher Ed reports:  “Elise Miller, also a ...