Washington University adjuncts taking union vote

Washington University in St. Louis | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Washington University in St. Louis | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Part-time instructors at Washington University are voting on whether to join a union. Ballots sent earlier this month to a little more than 400 adjunct instructors at Washington U. have just one question: ““Do you wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by Service Employees International Union, Local 1?” Voting ends Jan. 2, with ballots to be counted Jan. 5.

If a simple majority of those voting favor the union, it will become the bargaining unit for the part-time instructors, negotiating with the university over issues such as salary and job security.Two major questions have arisen about the campaign: Has the university kept its pledge to remain neutral, providing information but not taking sides? Has the union used tactics, like visiting instructors at their homes or classes, that are too aggressive?

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