Second faculty union win in as many months marks growing movement as Augsburg College adjuncts join Hamline, MCAD, U of M in fight to improve higher education. Over 200 adjunct faculty at Augsburg College formed a faculty union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284 in balloting that ended Monday.
The petition for a faculty union election has prompted an important debate about who is faculty and what it means to be faculty at the U of M. The university’s central administration and, now, a group of tenured faculty have argued for an exclusive and narrow definition that either bars many contingent faculty or removes all contingent faculty from our legally defined “instructional” unit.
Faculty members at Minneapolis College of Art & Design have voted to form a union, while adjunct instructors at Augsburg College have petitioned to hold their own union election, officials announced Wednesday. At MCAD, nearly two-thirds of the faculty voted for the union, which will represent about 100 full- and part-time instructors.
Today faculty expressed their dismay at the decision by the University of Minnesota’s central administration to once again appeal a clear decision by the State Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS) in the State Court of Appeals to delay a faculty union election. Late last month, BMS affirmed the unified bargaining unit requested by tenure-track and contingent faculty for their union election in unequivocal language.