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Daily Gazette, 9/28/2022 by Andrew Waite.
In a major milestone for an organizing effort that began in 2018, full-time and part-time, non-tenure-track faculty and other Skidmore College staff voted this month in favor of unionizing.
The National Labor Relations Board conducted two separate mail-in elections – one for full-time staff and one for part-time staff – and 65% of full-time staff voted to join with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 200United, while 67% of part-time employees voted in favor of joining the union, according to an SEIU news release.
The votes, announced Sept. 27, affects approximately 215 full-time and part-time non-tenure-track faculty, librarians and accompanists who make up nearly half of Skidmore’s total faculty, according to SEIU. Overall, 83% full-time non-tenure-track faculty and 65% part-time adjunct faculty voted in the election. The results were 64-35 from full-time non-tenure-track faculty, and 38-19 from part-time faculty in favor of joining the union, according to a Skidmore spokesperson.
Unionization is seen as a way to improve wages and working conditions for the non-tenured workforce.
“These are victories for the whole Skidmore community – faculty, staff and students. Collective bargaining rights will allow us to secure the support that we need to do the jobs that we have – as non-tenure-track teachers and scholars,” Ruth McAdams, a teaching professor of English and a Skidmore Faculty Forward organizing committee member, said in a statement. “We’re excited to get to the bargaining table right away to address some of the underlying needs that led us to organize – issues around pay, precarity and a voice on campus.”
Skidmore’s leaders are ready to begin talks, according to a spokesperson.
“The college will move forward with collective bargaining in a good-faith effort to reach mutually agreeable terms,” spokesperson Sara Miga said in an email. “Our support of our non-tenure-track faculty colleagues remains a priority for the college. We respect and admire their individual and collective contributions to our mission.”
Ballots in the mail-in election were sent out on Monday, Sept.12, and eligible faculty had two weeks to return their ballots. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are blocked from unionizing by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared some of their duties as managerial.
Skidmore Faculty Forward/SEIU went public with their organizing drive earlier this year in May after starting the effort in 2018 following moves toward unionization by faculty at other colleges and universities in New York.
In 2014, 160 part-time and full-time contingent faculty at Siena College voted to unionize. In 2017, 800 adjunct and full-time, non-tenure-track faculty at Fordham University voted 16-to-1 to unionize, according to SEIU.
Andrew Waite can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History
The Georgetown Americas Institute
The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC
LABOR: Studies in Working Class History's 2022 Big Book Forum: Kelly Lytle Hernández's Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire & Revolution in the Borderlands
Please join us online as a distinguished panel of historians join Kelly Lytle Hernández to discuss her recent groundbreaking study of the magonistas, the migrant rebels who sparked the 1910 Mexican Revolution from the United States.
Discussants will include:
Sonia Hernandez, Texas A&M University
John Tutino, Georgetown University
Elliott Young, Lewis & Clark College
Leon Fink, Georgetown University (Moderator).
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Friday, September 2, 2022
Barbara Ehrenreich, the author of more than 20 books on social justice themes ranging from women’s rights to inequality and the inequities of the American healthcare system, has died at the age of 81. (August 26, 1941, September 1, 2022)
- The Uptake, Storage, and Intracellular Hydrolysis of Carbohydrates by Macrophages (with Zanvil A. Cohn) (1969)
- Long March, Short Spring: The Student Uprising at Home and Abroad (with John Ehrenreich) (1969)
- The American Health Empire: Power, Profits, and Politics (with John Ehrenreich and Health PAC) (1971)
- Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers (with Deirdre English) (1972)
- Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness (with Deirdre English) (1973)
- For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women (with Deirdre English) (1978)
- Women in the Global Factory (1983)
- The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment (1983)
- Re-Making Love: The Feminization of Sex (with Elizabeth Hess and Gloria Jacobs) (1986)
- The Mean Season (with Fred L. Block, Richard A. Cloward, and Frances Fox Piven) (1987)
- Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class (1989)
- The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed (1990)
- The Snarling Citizen: Essays (1995)
- Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War (1997)
- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America (2001)
- Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy (ed., with Arlie Hochschild) (2003)
- Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream (2005)
- Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (2007)
- Ehrenreich, Barbara (2008). This land is their land : reports from a divided nation. New York: Metropolitan Books.
- Ehrenreich, Barbara (2009). Bright-sided : how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America. New York: Metropolitan Books.. (UK: Smile Or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World)
- Ehrenreich, Barbara (2014). Living with a wild God : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything. New York: Twelve.
- Ehrenreich, Barbara (2018). Natural causes : an epidemic of wellness, the certainty of dying, and killing ourselves to live longer. New York: Twelve..
- Ehrenreich, Barbara (2020). Had I Known-Collected Essays. New York: Twelve.