Friday, February 13, 2015

Tufts University’s full-time professors vote to unionize

The Boston Globe
February 13th, 2015

Full-time professors at Tufts University voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to unionize.
The move marked a first for a local Service Employees International Union campaign that has successfully organized part-time faculty at several Boston-area schools over the past two years but until Thursday had not unionized full-time professors.
The Tufts instructors and lecturers are not on track to receive tenure, which is generally considered a permanent position.
By unionizing, the faculty hope to negotiate better work conditions.
“We’re hoping to have job security, better pay, and more of a voice, and the union, because of collective bargaining, gives us a strong voice,” said Claire Schub, a French literature lecturer who has taught at Tufts as a full-time, nontenure-track professor for 22 years.

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