Adjuncts Vote Down Union at Minnesota’s U. of Saint Thomas

A campaign to unionize adjunct instructors at private colleges in Minnesota hit a snag on Monday, as the part-time faculty members at the University of Saint Thomas voted against forming a union, according to the Star Tribune.

The campaign, run by an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, won a victory last month, when part-time professors at Hamline University, another campus in the Twin Cities area, voted to unionize. The effort is part of a nationwide campaign by the union.

At the University of Saint Thomas, one of the state’s largest private universities, the vote was sharply contested by the administration. And even some adjuncts urged union organizers to give the university more time to resolve their concerns about compensation and other issues, the newspaper reported.

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