Category Archives: Labor Issues

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Adjuncts at Northwestern U. Vote to Unionize

Non-tenure-track faculty members at Northwestern University have narrowly voted to form a union represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 73, the Chicago Tribune reports.

In June 2016 a group of instructors petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election, citing concerns that the university was assigning too many teaching duties to non-tenured faculty members and relying less on tenured professors.

Instructors voted on whether to unionize in July 2016,…

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Demonstration by Grad-Student Union at Yale Furthers Tensions Over Hunger Strike

[Updated (5/12/2017, 11:23 a.m.) with more information on Yale's stated rationale for not negotiating with graduate students.]

As a hunger strike by Yale University graduate students moved into its third week, 23 demonstrators were arrested on Thursday for blocking three major intersections in New Haven, Conn., in a protest aimed at pressuring campus officials to negotiate with their union, the New Haven Register reports.

A press release from the union, Local 33, said Thursday’s action was also …

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NLRB Extends ‘Microunit’ Concept to Efforts to Organize Faculty Members

The National Labor Relations Board has declared non-tenure-track faculty members at Vanderbilt University eligible to form separate collective-bargaining units for their respective schools, marking the first time that faculty members will be eligible to gain union representation in such a piecemeal manner.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, Lisa Y. Henderson, acting director of the NLRB’s regional office in Atlanta, held that non-tenure-track faculty members at separate Vanderbilt schools were n…

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Organizers Put Off Union Vote by George Washington U.’s Resident Advisers

Updated (5/3/2017, 3:19 p.m.) with word that union organizers on the campus did not agree with the decision by the Service Employees International Union to cancel the election.

The National Labor Relations Board has canceled a Wednesday vote on unionization by resident advisers at George Washington University at the request of the effort’s organizers at the Service Employees International Union.

The news was greeted with surprise by the committee of students that had been leading the campaign fo…

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With Final Exams Looming, Faculty Strikes at U. of Illinois at Springfield

Faculty members at the University of Illinois at Springfield began a strike on Tuesday after failing to reach agreement on a new contract with the administration, The State Journal-Register reports. A message posted Monday evening on the website of UIS United Faculty, the faculty union, by its executive board and negotiating team opened plainly: “Bad news. Strike is on.”

Both tenured and tenure-track faculty members took to the picket lines on Tuesday, during the last week of classes and just a …

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Sociology Chair Resigns at Colorado-Boulder After Alleged Harassment in Department

The chair of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s sociology department, Don Grant, will step down from the post, though he denies he decided to leave because of recent allegations of harassment among the department’s faculty members, the Daily Camera reports.

The newspaper reports that Mr. Grant emailed the announcement of his plans to the faculty members on Thursday. He later told the Camera: “I have thought about doing this for the past several months, long before any of these false rumors …

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After a Week of Protest, U. of Utah Cancer Researcher Is Reinstated

A week after the University of Utah announced that the chief executive and director of its Huntsman Cancer Institute was leaving her post, she’s been reinstated.

In a written statement, the university’s president, David W. Pershing, confirmed the decision to keep Mary Beckerle.

“Effective today we have changed HCI’s reporting structure, and Dr. Beckerle will report directly to the president of the university,” the statement said. “I am grateful for her committed leadership and look forward to wo…

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NLRB Clears the Way for Resident Advisers to Unionize

In an unprecedented decision, the National Labor Relations Board has held that undergraduate resident advisers are eligible to unionize, in a case involving George Washington University.


For more on the decision, as well as reaction and analysis, see this new article from The Chronicle.


In a decision handed down on Friday, Sean R. Marshall, acting regional director at the NLRB’s Baltimore office, accepted the labor organizers’ argument that the resident advisers are technically university e…

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Faculty Union at Rider U. Votes No Confidence in University’s President

Updated (4/19/2017, 7:07 p.m.) with a statement by President Dell’Omo.

Members of Rider University’s faculty union have voted no confidence in the New Jersey institution’s president, Gregory G. Dell’Omo, with 75 percent of the votes against him.

“A series of rash actions by President Dell’Omo and a decade of dubious financial management by his financial team has compelled Rider’s faculty to pass the motion,” the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors said in a …

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Adjuncts at Colorado Community Colleges Lack Academic-Freedom Protections, AAUP Says

The American Association of University Professors is citing the firing of a Colorado adjunct instructor as evidence of a broader lack of academic freedom for part-time faculty members throughout that state’s community-college system.

The case of Nathanial Bork, who lost his job at the Community College of Aurora last fall after he complained to its accreditor about a new curriculum there, “exposes the absence of adequate procedural protections for the adjunct faculty in the regulations of the …