On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the National Labor Relations Board determined that adjunct faculty at Bentley University voted against SEIU representation by a margin of 100-98. According to an article appearing on the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources webpage, there were 240 faculty members eligible to vote in the Bentley election. Therefore, 82% of eligible voters actually voted in the election. The participation rate at Bentley is encouraging in comparison to the much lower participation rates in recent union elections among faculty at Tufts University, Georgetown University and American University.
The adjunct faculty members’ vote against SEIU representation occurs approximately one month after part-time lecturers at the College of Arts and Sciences at Tufts voted in favor of representation. The divergent outcomes support Northeastern’s unwavering belief that reasonable people may feel differently about union representation. Both Tufts and Bentley are well-respected institutions with well-educated and highly regarded part-time faculty. These two groups of faculty reached different conclusions about the value of union representation.
We provide this information to you in order to keep you abreast of developments related to SEIU’s “Adjunct Action” campaign. Despite SEIU’s continuing claims of organizing among faculty at Northeastern, the union has not filed a petition for a union election here.
If there is active organizing at Northeastern, SEIU may ask part-time faculty members to sign union authorization cards to show support for the union. We encourage you to educate yourself about the topic of SEIU representation by carefully reviewing all of the information Northeastern has made available on this website, and if you determine that you do not favor SEIU representation, then you should decline any invitation to sign a union authorization card.