Through SEIU, faculty are forming a Boston-area organizing committee, working together across campuses to improve conditions and refocus higher education on the importance of student success, quality instruction and economic opportunity.
More importantly, forming a union will allow us to have a voice in determining our working conditions. For the first time, part-time faculty at Northeastern, Tufts and Lesley have a role in the decision-making that affects their teaching conditions and their futures.
Whatever the administration’s response, our union activity is protected by the law and the strength of our numbers. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Section 8(a) prohibits an employer from threatening us for voting “yes,” interrogating us about union activity, promising any benefit for voting “no” or surveilling any union activity (meetings, events, etc.).