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.