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Office of the Provost | Communications

January 13, 2012

Dear Colleague:

Beginning on January 19 and continuing through February 16 there will be an election conducted by mail ballot to determine whether or not Local 500 of the Service Employees International Union will represent you in your employment as an adjunct faculty member at American University.


If you have received this e-mail, you are eligible to vote. It is critical that you do so. The decision to have a third party represent adjunct faculty on all employment related matters is an important one that can impact you individually, the adjunct faculty collectively, the university, and the students whom we serve.

Under the applicable law, a majority of those voting will determine the election. The university’s goal is for the election’s outcome to be a true reflection of the opinion of a majority of the adjunct faculty. A high voter turnout is needed to achieve this goal. Thus, it is imperative that you vote and encourage your adjunct faculty colleagues to do the same so that you have a say in the determination of whether a third party should speak on your behalf.


As teachers and scholars you understand the importance of considering all points of view on any issue. For that reason, the university created a Web site — — that articulates the university’s position on the issues we believe you should carefully consider as you decide how to vote in this election Please visit this Web site.

Also attached is a document that provides important facts for you to consider as you decide whether you want a third party to speak on your behalf with the university regarding your teaching, salary, and working conditions.

I hope the enclosed document helps address your questions regarding the unionization topic. If you have any questions please visit the Web site or alternatively do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Provost or your dean directly.


I simply ask that you fully consider all points of view in determining your vote as well as read the attached primer and the information contained on the Web site. Since the Web site will be updated, refer to it again before you vote; talk to your faculty colleagues, dean, department chair, and program director; examine your personal circumstances as you decide whether unionization is in your best interest; and most importantly, RETURN YOUR MAIL BALLOT BEFORE FEBRUARY 16, 2012 AT 10 A.M. TO BE COUNTED.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Scott A. Bass