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Office of the Provost | Communications

December 12, 2011

 TO:  Deans, Directors and Department Heads
 FROM:  Scott A. Bass, Provost
 SUBJECT:  Part-Time Faculty Unionization Efforts


I want to inform department chairs and others serving in university management positions of an important development affecting adjunct faculty colleagues and the university. The Service Employees International Union, Local 500, has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking to represent part-time faculty at the university. The filing of the petition is the beginning of a legal process that may culminate in a democratic election in which our part-time faculty will vote on whether or not they wish to be represented by the union. This week, the NLRB is reviewing the petition to determine compliance with the laws governing the NLRB election process.

Should the petition meet the requirements, we anticipate a healthy university-wide discussion on this topic. We will encourage a vigorous exchange that facilitates free and informed choice by affected employees. We will be guided by strict adherence to NLRB rules.

Additionally, to ensure maximum transparency, we will launch a new page on the university website that will serve as a repository for all university communications on this matter and as a resource for employees and those in management positions.

My office will continue to keep you apprised of all significant developments. Before the holiday break, I will provide an update, along with the new website address and next steps in the process. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.