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Tenured and Tenure-Track Brandeis Faculty Support Our Contingent Colleagues!

Dear Colleagues,

This past year, part-time lecturers at Tufts University formed a union and negotiated a landmark contract – bolstered by the full support of tenured and tenure-track faculty on campus. Boston University, Lesley, Northeastern and Bentley have all seen similar union victories in the past year and a half, all with full-time tenured faculty support.

We understand that this academic year, many Brandeis contingent faculty – in affiliation with Faculty Forward and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – have begun organizing for union membership. We write to support your efforts and to reiterate what many of us know and about which we have strong feelings: full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty like ourselves constitute a privileged elite at Brandeis, but our entire academic and pedagogic enterprise – our academy – could not function without the work of the several hundredcontingent faculty here. You are our colleagues and equal participants in the enterprise of teaching at this university. You deserve to be treated as such.  Continue Reading…

September 25, 2015: Our Community is With Us!

Dear Colleague,

Fall is certainly the busiest season of the year for all of us. While balancing our time between classes, advising, grading and administrative duties, we must also take care of our personal health and family life. We here at Brandeis Faculty Forward want to take this moment to express our appreciation for the hard work of our colleagues during these busy months– and to reiterate how important it is that our contributions to the intellectual life of the university be valued.

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September 23, 2015: What Does A Union Mean for Rabb Faculty?

Dear Rabb School Colleagues,

By now you are probably familiar with our campaign to form a union of non-tenure-track (adjunct and contract) faculty at Brandeis University. Together, we are working to raise standards in higher education by winning fair pay, increased stability and a stronger faculty voice on campus. Momentum continues to build, with the number of faculty – including many of us at the Rabb School – growing each day.

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Massachusetts Contingent Faculty Now Eligible for Earned Sick Time Benefits

Following overwhelming support at the ballot box, new regulations account for educators’ time spent both in and outside the classroom.

BOSTON, MA – For the first time in the Commonwealth’s history, thousands of faculty members at institutions of higher education will be able to care for themselves or a sick loved one without fear of repercussions from their employer. According to new regulations issued by Attorney General Maura Healey, [see Section 33.03(7)(a), final regs], educators will join workers throughout Massachusetts in gaining access to earned sick time beginning today.

“On multiple occasions, I’ve been forced to take my sick child to work with me when she was too ill to be at her own school. I didn’t feel I could cancel my class,” said Bayla Ostrach, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University. “I am relieved to think that I can now stay home, with no repercussions, when my child or I are contagious.”

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June 30, 2015: A Brighter Future at Brandeis

Dear Colleague,


With the end of the Spring semester behind us – and summer underway – we now find time to take pause, reflect upon our accomplishments, and renew our energy before we embark on another year of research and instruction. We invite you to join us in our shared effort to secure a brighter future for non-tenure-track faculty at Brandeis. 

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Waltham City Council Weighs In to Support Brandeis Faculty

Waltham MA SealAt Brandeis, our colleagues’ efforts to build a strong union have already garnered wide-ranging support — both on campus and in the community.
In an unprecedented statement of solidarity, the Waltham City Council has unanimously passed a resolution in support of faculty unionization efforts on the Brandeis and Bentley campuses.
The resolution reads, in part:
“[Non-tenured] professors in the Boston area should be paid fair wages and benefits that allow them to support themselves and their families…adequately supported by their institutions for their growing presence and role in the academic pursuits of students…
…The Waltham City Council supports the rights of adjunct professors to form a union.”

Boston Globe | Tufts University’s full-time professors vote to unionize

By Matt Rocheleau | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  FEBRUARY 13, 2015

Full-time professors at Tufts University voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to unionize.

The move marked a first for a local Service Employees International Union campaign that has successfully organized part-time faculty at several Boston-area schools over the past two years but until Thursday had not
unionized full-time professors.

The Tufts instructors and lecturers are not on track to receive tenure, which is generally considered a permanent position. By unionizing, the faculty hope to negotiate better work conditions.


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Daily Free Press | BU adjunct professors vote to unionize by a 2-to-1 margin

Written by J.D. Capelouto · February 5, 2015

As part of a yearlong campaign that has brought part-time faculty unions to several universities in Massachusetts, Boston University adjunct faculty voted Wednesday to join the Service Employees International Union Local 509.

With the 319-158 vote held by the National Labor Relations Board, more than 750 adjunct professors will unionize, advocating for better standards and improved stability, according to a Wednesday press release.

“It’s best when the university recognizes that it has a community and that we should be working together, and I think that the union will be a democratic process, as it was in today’s election,” said Dan Hunter, an English lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences. “What’s important is that a group of people, adjuncts, who have been invisible, now cannot be ignored.”

Adjunct professors make up 41 percent of BU’s faculty, Hunter said.

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Inside Higher ED: Tufts adjuncts tout pay and job security gains in first union contract

By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed | October 28, 2014

Service Employees International Union launched its Adjunct Action campaign less than two years ago, with an ambitious goal: take SEIU’s metro-wide adjunct organizing effort in Washington, D.C. — which took years to establish — national, and fast. Drives were soon happening from Boston to San Francisco, leading to a dozen new unions.

Now Adjunct Action is touting its first successful contract negotiation, and adjuncts at Tufts University outside Boston are saying it could serve a model for the many contract negotiations happening elsewhere.

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