Adjunct faculty members in two divisions of Saint Louis University have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday.
Part-time instructors in the university’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences voted 89 to 28 in favor of forming a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. One hundred and fifty-six adjuncts were eligible to vote.
The vote followed successful union drives by the SEIU at other campuses in the St. Louis area, including Washington University and St. Louis Community College. The latest vote is part of a nationwide effort by the SEIU to organize adjuncts across metropolitan areas to give them better leverage in bargaining with colleges in the area.
Saint Louis University responded to word of the vote by saying it would negotiate “in good faith” with the new union, the Post-Dispatch reported.