WA Faculty Forward | April 20, 2017
It is our pleasure to announce that our ballots have been counted and we have voted YES to form a union of regular faculty and librarians at St. Martin’s University! An overwhelming majority voted yes with 46 yes votes (72% of votes cast and a majority of all eligible votes)!
We are excited to join our adjunct and contingent faculty colleagues who voted to unionize last spring. Legal regulations mandated that we had to file for our unions separately, but we plan to build our unions together as one. One faculty. One union.
The fight doesn’t end here however, because we know we have to fight for recognition. Like our contingent colleagues, we are going to have to force this administration to come to the bargaining table to recognize our union and to start treating us in a fair, just, and Benedictine manner. We are continuing to offer the administration every opportunity to the do the right thing. We have tried to initiate direct communications with President Heynderickx many times over the past year and a half, up to and including today, but our efforts have been met with silence or rejection. Walkouts, rallies, and direct communications haven’t been enough. What will it take?