Unionism gets boost at two universities

Efforts to unionize university faculty continues to strengthen, as Mills College adjunct professors ratified their first three-year contract and non-tenure track faculty at Duke University vote to unionize.

Mills adjuncts ratified their contract March 18. The gains include guarantees semester, one-year, two-year and three-year contracts based on seniority with a pathway to full-time, salaried positions; salary increases that range from 1.75% to 60%; and improved course stability.

The contract is the result of an 18-month effort by Mills adjuncts, who voted to join SEIU Local 1021.

At Duke University, non-tenure-track faculty also voted to be represented by SEIU. According to a report by Inside Higher Education, it has been many years since a faculty union drive of any type has been successful at a private university in the southern U.S.

CFA activists helped in unionizing efforts at both Mills College and Duke University. Welcome to the union family!