While much of the labor world has been keeping its eyes on the Fight for Fifteen campaign, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Adjunct Action have been working hard to unionize faculty members and employees at U.S. colleges and universities. Just last week, the SEIU authored a blast email to non-tenured faculty members at the University of Minnesota. The email urged the faculty members to consider joining the SEIU’s Local 284 so that SEIU officials can represent those faculty in collective bargaining proceedings.
The email opined that tenure-track faculty positions are rapidly declining. The loss of highly sought-after tenure-track positions has coincided with a loss of faculty rights, per the SEIU’s email. The only solution? Unionizing.
“At many schools, we’re facing less faculty inclusion in governance structures, erosion of academic freedom and fewer protections on our intellectual property,” the email read.
The SEIU and Adjunct Action have experienced mixed results in Minnesota. About six months ago, both groups pushed hard to unionize faculty members across the Twin Cities. The union’s only successful campaign finished in June, when adjunct professors at Hamline University voted to unionize.