Part-time Faculty Info

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In light of the effort by Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”) to organize part-time faculty at Northeastern, the university has created this website to provide information about SEIU and its organizing effort, the union organizing process, and collective bargaining. The issue of union representation is of critical importance to every faculty member, and to the university as a whole. Members of the Northeastern community should use this website as a resource to learn about the issues relevant to the question of union representation of part-time faculty. This site will be updated in the coming weeks with additional information, which will provide the best foundation for making this important decision.

Letter from the Provost: Part-Time Faculty Vote To Be Represented By SEIU

May 15, 2014

Today we learned from the National Labor Relations Board that part-time faculty voted to be represented by the Service Employees International Union. A total of 609 ballots were counted, with 323 ballots cast in favor of SEIU representation and 286 ballots cast opposing SEIU representation.  Approximately sixty-two percent of eligible voters cast votes in this election. I appreciate so many part-time faculty members taking the time to make their voices heard on this important issue.

As a result of this election, Northeastern will now bargain in good faith with SEIU about the terms of employment for part-time faculty members who were eligible to vote in the election. This election does not affect the terms of employment for any faculty members who were not eligible to vote in the election.

Whatever your views are on the question of union representation of part-time faculty, we all respect the decision that was made by those who were eligible to vote. All faculty members teaching at Northeastern are vital contributors to the university’s success. I look forward to continuing to work with you to advance our mission and sustain our unmatched momentum.

Letter from the Provost: Union Election Scheduled

March 14, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

I wrote last Friday to let you know that the federal National Labor Relations Board notified the university that the Service Employees International Union has filed a petition for an NLRB election to determine whether part-time faculty at Northeastern will be unionized.

The NLRB has determined there will be an election conducted by mail ballot. The NLRB will mail ballots directly to the home addresses of part-time faculty eligible to vote on April 25, 2014. The NLRB requires us to provide them with a list of eligible part-time faculty members’ names and home addresses. The NLRB in turn will share this list with SEIU. In order for your vote to count, you must return your ballot to the NLRB no later than May 14, 2014. The NLRB will count the ballots on May 15, 2014.

You, our faculty, are the cornerstone of Northeastern's unprecedented success. This is why we believe it is so important that part-time faculty educate themselves about union representation before making a decision. You can find information about this issue at

The election will be decided by a majority of the votes that are cast. That means if only 20% of the faculty vote, then the question of unionization could be decided by only 11% of the voting population. Therefore, it is essential that you make your voice heard by voting.

We encourage all eligible part-time faculty members to participate in this very important election. The university will continue to provide updates and information about the election process at


Stephen W. Director

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs