SEIU represents 37,000 faculty from Maine to California. Below are details of our regional campaigns.
Faculty Forward, Our National Campaign Website:
As Faculty Forward, full and part-time faculty are coming together to right the disparities that have lowered the bar in higher education. Building on the success of faculty unionization efforts across the country under the banner of Adjunct Action and other SEIU locals, we are uniting to elevate and escalate that work to win long-lasting and significant change for all faculty and the students we teach.
In California, the 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches who teach in the California State University system are part of the California Faculty Association, an affiliate of SEIU. As members of CFA, California State University faculty have won contracts that promote academic freedom, uphold faculty rights, deliver financial protection for the faculty, and promote faculty participation in the governance of the CSU and of CFA.
Faculty at colleges and universities like Dominican University, St. Mary’s College, Whittier College, and Otis College of Art and Design have already made the choice to stand united under the banner of Faculty Forward LA.
The Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges (4C’s)/SEIU Local 1973 represents faculty and professional staff at Connecticut’s 12 community colleges. The 4C’s represents full-time and part-time faculty and professional employees at the state’s 12 community colleges. In addition to contract negotiations and grievance handling, the 4C’s has a long tradition of political action, professional development, and cultural and social activities. Since 1973, the 4Cs have negotiated union contracts that have made significant improvements in the wages and rights of employees in the Connecticut Community College System system.
SEIU Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor is a pioneer in a strategy to unite contingent faculty on campuses across the D.C. metro area to raise standards for their profession and win a strong voice in the future of higher education. SEIU Local 500 represents more than 2,400 part-time professors at George Washington University (GW), Howard University, Trinity Washington University, Georgetown University and American University in Washington, DC; and Montgomery College and MICA in Maryland.
In a significant win in 2010, part-time adjunct faculty members in the Maine Community College System formed a union with the Maine State Employees Association Local 1989/SEIU. Adjunct faculty voted 264-96 to form a union at a time when student enrollment in the Maine Community College System reached record levels.
“The success of any university lies on the backs of the adjunct faculty. If you don’t have ownership of what you do, you can’t take ownership of its success. You need adjunct faculty to be a part of the team,” said Pauli Caruncho, adjunct professor at Washington County Community College, at the time of the vote.
Part-time adjunct faculty members teach 60 percent of the classes in the Maine Community College System, making them the largest workforce in the system. But turnover among adjuncts remains high because of low pay, inadequate benefits and no path to career advancement. Adjuncts with 1989 said they formed a union because they want to be involved in the discussion of how to best ensure a quality education for all students and continue to attract and retain quality educators.
Adjunct faculty at at Hamline University have already voted to form a union. Faculty at University of Minnesota are currently organizing to form their union.
At both Plymouth State University (part of the UNH system) and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), adjunct professors have formed their unions with SEIU Local 1984, the New Hampshire State Employees Association, which now represents 800 part-time professors across the state.
SEIU Local 1984 also represents the full-time professors at CCSNH and will soon have an election to represent the full-time faculty at Plymouth State.
“Whether it’s winning better pay, health insurance or improving our general working conditions, we can do all of these things by standing together in SEA”, said Craig Cushing, an adjunct professor at NHTI, Concord’s Community College.
Ithaca College and St. Rose College faculty have joined Adjunct Action New York.
San Francisco/Bay Area (Faculty Forward Northern California):
Washington University faculty have voted to form their union with Adjunct Action St. Louis.
Faculty at Champlain College, Burlington College, and St. Michael’s College have voted to from a union with Adjunct Action Vermont.