A union is a group of people who have joined together to address a common purpose by strengthening their voice in their workplace. At Brandeis we, non-tenure-track faculty — adjuncts and faculty with contracts of a year or more — have decided to stand together as colleagues to create better working conditions for ourselves and better learning conditions for our students.

Over the past year, we’ve engaged in hundreds of conversations, meetings and events to fully understand the concerns of adjunct and contract faculty on campus. We’ve heard countless stories that speak to the challenges and opportunities we face at Brandeis — along with innovative ideas for how to help our university live up to its mission of scholarship and social justice. Many colleagues have joined our effort along the way.

In the booklet above, we seek to provide answers to some of the more common questions we’ve encountered — so that all of us can make an informed decision. We hope you decide to stand together with us, as adjuncts and contract faculty, in forming our union. If you do, the best way to show your support is to sign a confidential union authorization card online.

Together, we can ensure Brandeis continues to be a leader in justice and education.


The Brandeis Faculty Organizing Committee