Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of us forming a union?
How would our union work alongside the part-time rep system?
Why are we working with SEIU?
Typically, when a group of employees unionize, they affiliate with a parent organization to pool resources and become stronger.Faculty working with SEIU have a great track record in helping interested faculty reach a successful election quickly (81% consensus at UChicago in less than 10 months of organizing) and impressive contracts (e.g. at Tufts ).Furthermore, in the “metro model” of organizing, synergy can arise with SEIU-faculty at other institutions like UChicago and Loyola, in order to raise expectations and create improvements across the city.
How do administrations typically respond when faculty seek to organize themselves as a union?
While it’s typical for an administration to launch a campaign that tries to convince us to change our minds about forming a union, feeling they are best equipped to address our concerns, most faculty realize that standing together to build a union is the best choice for all of us. We invite the SAIC administration to take a neutral stance on the union and let us make this important decision for ourselves.
Whatever the administration’s response, our union activity is protected by the law and the strength of our numbers. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Section 8(a) prohibits an employer from threatening us for voting “yes,” interrogating us about union activity, promising any benefit for voting “no” or surveilling any union activity (meetings, events, etc.).
How would our union dues work?
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