We did it!
On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finished tallying our votes. By an incredible 4-to-1 margin, we, the adjuncts and part-time contract faculty at Brandeis, have decided to form our union. Welcome to the Brandeis chapter of Faculty Forward / SEIU Local 509!
Now that we have unionized, it is time to look forward to the positive changes that collective action brings. Whether you voted yes, no or abstained, we invite you to join in working together to set goals, determine values and win measurable gains. Our aim is for every adjunct and part-time contract faculty member to be heard, to be recognized and to strengthen our collective voice as a faculty union.
In the New Year, we will reach out with a detailed collective bargaining survey so we can begin to collaboratively develop our priorities, while addressing the concerns of each member, however differently we are situated. We also plan to host a series of planning sessions where we will define both our immediate and long-range collective bargaining goals.
The more heads we put together, the more fully we will understand how people are positioned across our campus and what our various needs are – and the more creatively we will be able to address those needs in our negotiations with the Administration.
Together, we have taken an important step toward ensuring that Brandeis remains a model of social justice and academic excellence.
We’ll be back in touch soon with additional information. For now, all best wishes for the winter holiday season and the New Year!
The Brandeis Faculty Forward Organizing Committee
P.S. As always, please contact us at with any questions, ideas or concerns you may have as we move forward together with our first union collective bargaining agreement.