4 results for tag: SEIU


Adding Insult to Injury: Not Paying Incapacitated Adjuncts

Earlier this year I almost lost a large part of my annual income. It all took place in a handful of seconds. What happened? I fell in the shower. My descent into bathroom hell came without warning. I was thinking about too many things, not focusing on my entry into my bathtub. In a blink of an eye, I was falling, but instincts interceded and I was able to break my fall with my foot and shoulder. I came away with only a very painful broken toe. Such events are not that an unusual an occurrence in American homes. However, for adjunct faculty, it can be a financial backbreaker. Had the fall been worse and I had serious damage to my body, my ...

A New Labor Day Tradition: Commemorating Academic Labor Organizers

By Mitch Tropin, Treasurer, SEIU Local 500 Faculty Forward Contributor Labor Day is coming and I want to start a new tradition: commemorating academic labor organizers—both organizers who work for SEIU or one of its locals as well as adjunct and full-time faculty who volunteered to fight on the front lines at their colleges. This new tradition is inspired by my brothers and sisters at SEIU Local 500. I joined the Local’s Executive Board in 2015 after working on the campaign to organize adjunct faculty at Trinity University Washington, a small all-women’s college. During local meetings and events, I learned how many at the local had ...

This Labor Day is going to be a little different

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih9PYskrpr4 Labor Day is right around the corner. Normally I spend the day with my husband and children. We visit the cookouts of family and friends and soak up the last days of summer. This year is different. This year I’m confronting the politicians and corporations who have rigged the system against working people. This Labor Day I am standing with my fellow workers, some union members and some not, to fight for our nation’s future. On Labor Day, let’s stand together and show why America needs unions. Nearly 17,000 faculty and grad workers have formed unions with SEIU in the past four years. We are ...

Duke University Graduate Workers and University of Hartford Faculty File for Union Election

Thousands of graduate workers at Duke University and non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Hartford (Conn.) filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to form their unions. This is the first SEIU Graduate Worker Forward filing in the nation and first SEIU Local 1973/Faculty Forward filing in Connecticut. Around the country, the momentum to form unions at universities is building a groundswell that can’t, and won’t, be ignored. Graduate assistants at American University, the University of Southern California, Loyola University-Chicago, the University of Rochester, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Washington University of St. Louis ...