Adjunct professors at McDaniel College, a private institution in Maryland, have voted to unionize, according to results released on Monday and reported by The Baltimore Sun.
The union, which will also represent graduate teaching assistants, will be affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which in recent years has mounted a nationwide campaign to form adjunct unions at colleges in metropolitan areas, in hopes of increasing the unions’ leverage in collective bargaining.
The SEIU has already established a union at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, as well as at several institutions in Washington, D.C.
About half of McDaniel’s 238 adjuncts voted in the election, with 82 favoring and 36 opposing the proposed union, the Sun reported. A McDaniel spokeswoman told the newspaper that the college would comply with “its legal obligations under the National Labor Relations Act.”