Blog Posts

July 19, 2016

Faculty unions & excellence: the evidence

Dear Colleagues, In recent weeks, many of you have received information from colleagues suggesting that a faculty union will undermine the quality of the faculty at the University of Minnesota and have therefore urged you to join them in opposing our efforts to form a faculty union. These communications assert […]
May 27, 2016

Two big wins for post-docs

Dear Colleagues, Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor issued updated rules pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is an incredible victory for millions of hardworking people in the United States. Millions of salaried professionals, including postdoctoral researchers, will soon be eligible for overtime pay, if they […]
May 19, 2016

Why we are organizing with SEIU

Dear Colleagues, In the campus conversation about forming a faculty union, some have asked specifically why we are seeking to join SEIU rather than another union. After all, thanks in part to its role in campaigns such as Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15, SEIU is a union […]
May 6, 2016

How a faculty union can strengthen shared governance

Dear Colleagues, We, the undersigned, have over 200 years of combined service in faculty governance. From the beginning of our effort to form a faculty union, one of our motivations has been to strengthen the voice of faculty in shared governance. When the faculty last voted on whether to form […]