imageSEIU Local 1 has been working with college and university professors throughout the Midwest to win a voice on the job; address the low compensation for their work; and to ensure greater benefits and job security. Over the past year, adjunct professors at St. Louis Community College and Washington University voted to unite in SEIU Local 1, and others around the Midwest are also working to come together for a better future.

Among the issues raised by these faculty members in negotiations are the low wages, lack of benefits and unpredictable scheduling. These issues have been brought to light by adjuncts who are fighting for a better life around the country, and have earned adjuncts the nickname of the “working class” of the higher education system.

BC letter 12-10_Page_1The adjunct bargaining team has been hard at work- click here to read a letter from the adjunct bargaining team.

See below for recent news about our adjuncts!

SLU adjuncts finalize their first union contract

5743704552ae5.image ST. LOUIS • St. Louis University leaders and members of the Service Employees International Union have tentatively agreed on the first contract for adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education.

The contract is still pending approval from union members within the next week.

The five-year contract comes more than a year after the SLU adjunct professors voted to unionize. Out of 156 eligible voters, 89 voted in favor back in March of 2016, and 28 voted against it.

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Editorial: Excellence in higher education starts with better pay for instructors

57472b982ebd2.imageThere’s something terribly wrong with the picture on America’s college campuses today. Higher education institutions are charging top-dollar rates for that all-important degree, while students and parents receive skyrocketing tuition bills because state governments are cutting back on college funding.

Yet more than half the faculty in higher education today is made up of part-time teachers, also known as adjuncts, according to the American Association of University Professors. Their numbers jumped over the past decade as college and university administrators struggled to bulk up teaching staffs while keeping budgets low. The AAUP says the share of money spent on instruction has declined in every sector of higher education.

The demands placed on adjuncts are enormous, and they have well-founded reasons for asserting that their employment rights are being abused in the name of cost-cutting. Increasingly, part-time faculty members at American colleges are voting to form unions, in part to ensure that universities don’t continue shaving expenses at instructors’ expense.

Adjuncts at St. Louis University’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences voted overwhelmingly last week to unionize, following similar moves at Washington University and at St. Charles and St. Louis’ community colleges.

Read the full story over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Washington University adjuncts hold rally as negotiations continue

Washington University adjunct professors on Wednesday night held a candlelight rally to protest what they say are low wages and job insecurity.

More than 300 Washington University adjunct professors are currently bargaining their first contract. The workers in January voted to join Service Employees International Union Local 1.

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Adjunct professors rally for higher wages [VIDEO]

The adjuncts are currently collectively bargaining their first union contract.

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