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 improve our working conditions as well as our students’ experience. As part-time adjunct faculty, we need to know that we will be able to be there for our students when they need us.”
MCAD faculty will join more than 13,000 faculty members across the country who have formed unions with SEIU Faculty Forward in the last three years—including several arts colleges. Adjunct faculty at nearby Hamline University won their first union contract with SEIU Local 284 earlier this year; securing raises for all part-time faculty members with increases ranging from a 15 percent to 30 percent. Read more about the victory in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, WorkDay Minnesota and Minnesota Public Radio.
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