Thursday, January 15, 2015

Full-time, non-tenured faculty to vote to unionize

Tufts Daily
January 13th, 2015

After a semester of gathering signatures and garnering support, full-time, non-tenured Tufts faculty members will vote on Jan. 28 and 29 to determine whether they will unionize.
The vote, which will be held on campus, is a result of the preliminary efforts made by a group of non-tenured faculty who officially filed to hold elections to form a union through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), according to Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Spokesman Jason Stephany.
Stephany said that after a significant number of signatures are collected, they can be submitted to the NLRB to demonstrate that a considerable portion of the workforce is interested in pursuing unionization. He further explained that standard procedure places the onus on the NLRB to engineer the elections for individuals within the bargaining unit—in this case, the approximately 90 full-time, non-tenured lecturers—to express whether or not they support unionization.

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