The Chronicle of Higher Ed
July 24th, 2014
The Service Employees International Union is accustomed to
winning—persuading adjunct faculty members to unionize on campuses
around the country.
But this week, the SEIU suffered a rare setback when adjuncts at the University of Saint Thomas, in St. Paul, voted against forming a union.
The union movement is still growing in Minnesota, though, as it is
across the country, SEIU officials said. They characterized the defeat
at Saint Thomas as stemming from a unique situation in which many
adjuncts wanted to try to work with the university’s leadership before
forming a union to negotiate.
"It’s disappointing, but we’re all incredibly proud of the gains that
we’re getting," said Denise Welte, organizing director at SEIU Local
284. "It brings to light what adjuncts face every day in their
day-to-day life. We’ll continue to fight."