UChicago faculty overwhelmining vote to form a union

UChicago faculty overwhelmining vote to form a union

University of Chicago full and part-time non-tenure-track faculty have overwhelmingly voted to join SEIU Local 73 and contingent faculty across the country in a union movement.

The victory marks the first Chicago faculty election as part of the SEIU Faculty Forward campaign to improve their profession and unites over 10,000 instructors who have joined SEIU in the past three years.  Votes for the all-mail ballot election were counted at the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board this morning.

The University of Chicago is Chicago’s largest private employer. The university ranks #4 in U.S. News & World Report’s National rankings.  Wednesday’s victory marks a new era in faculty union movement as full-time and part-time instructors at top-tier universities seek to form a union. “The University of Chicago is a national leader in higher education. Our victory today will enhance our school’s reputation and renew focus on our peerless quality of instruction. We are excited that the UChicago Harper-Schmidt Fellows and our colleagues at Loyola University Chicago, plus a number of important schools across the country, are on their way to forming their own unions and making the same commitment to raising standards in higher education that we have made today,” said Jason Grunebaum, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago.

In addition to Loyola University Chicago, contingent faculty have filed for union elections at the University of Southern California and Brandeis University this fall. Other full-time faculty are engaged in active SEIU Faculty Forward union campaigns, including Duke University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington.

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