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We are faculty and artists who want to talk about how unionization can improve our community.
If you are with us, the next step is to sign the confidential Union Authorization card.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of us forming a union?

With collective bargaining:

 
·         Regular contract negotiations occur via bargaining committee.
·         All resulting contracts are approved by employee vote.
 
With our contracts, we part-time faculty can make improvements on issues like these:
 
·         General compensation (Tufts part-timers have a floor of $7300 per course).
·         Compensation for work outside of the classroom.
·         Compensation for course cancellation.
·         Benefits like health insurance.
·         Professional development funds( including for ESL) 
·         Job Security.
·         Clearly defined grievance procedures (including appeal to an outside, neutral arbitrator).
·         Improving the interview and promotional process

How would our union work alongside the part-time rep system?

We would like to strengthen the part-time rep system as a more effective and efficient means of working towards goals like contracts.
Our committee would be a centralized clearinghouse of concerns, and could present a bundle of well-founded ideas all at once for negotiation, versus picking them off one at a time over a period of years (e.g. the current situation of a raise one year, cut course compensation another, multi-year contracts still another, benefits left for still another time).
In contrast to now, all of us would also have a vote over the resulting contract.

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.).

Stock letters are typically deployed and unions are often described as outside third parties.  These campaigns are the exact opposite of the honest conversations that our community deserves.

How would our union dues work?

Our union dues are a commonsense arrangement where we all pitch in and pay a little bit to create a strong organization (including to the parent organization, in return for the technical support necessary for us to do our best).
SEIU dues are 1.9%, about $90 out of a $4500 class.  
After we win our union, we will form a bargaining committee, which will negotiate a tentative contract.  All of us will then vote over approval of that contract, and we will not pay a penny in dues before the contract is ratified and goes into effect.  
Would you vote for a contract where we didn’t come out ahead?

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