The union that has most successfully represented adjunct faculty over the long term is SEIU Local 1983, the California Faculty Association, which represents all the faculty, lecturers and tenure-track, in the California State University System. In addition to headquarters in Sacramento, they have chapters at San Francisco State, CalState East Bay, and San Jose State, colleagues right in our area. Some of us are already members! http://www.calfac.org/lecturers-council;http://www.calfac.org;http://www.seiu.org/directory/local/552
SEIU Local 500 in Washington DC has been successfully representing adjunct faculty since 2008. Take a look at the contracts they have negotiated. http://www.seiu500.org/category/divisions/higher-ed/
Local 1021 (our local) now represents our colleagues at Mills College and the San Francisco Art Institute. Both colleges voted for SEIU with nearly 80% voting YES. As part of the same union we can collaborate on influencing Bay Area higher education together.
SEIU Local 1021 (our local) represents other arts workers, at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (DeYoung and Legion of Honor), the Asian Art Museum, the Exploratorium, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
In regard to distractions, SEIU 1021 public exposure: BART hired a union-busting outside negotiator who pursued an extremist bargaining strategy, and brushed off safety concerns, and his actions were a major part of the difficulties in negotiating a contract. http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/17/reform-barts-approach-labor
THE TIME IS NOW!
Our precarious working conditions at CCA are related to the working conditions at other organizations that SEIU represents. The principles of fair pay, access to benefits, job security, routes to advancement, are universal principles that apply to employees everywhere. Historically, unions have been the only way for workers to securely negotiate for fair and equitable working conditions. Having a union means that our needs and opinions carry more weight in working with the administration.
We have been working hard for more than nine months to organize our union. When the administration suggests that we can vote again in a year, what they mean is that after a year, we can begin organizing again. Building up an organizing committee, getting enough signatures on union cards, petitioning the NLRB to schedule an election. We are talking about two years out.
Think about it: If CCA adjuncts cannot agree on SEIU 1021, why do you think we could agree on a different union? Which different union? What is the process for making that decision? Will they want to work with us? Isn’t delay a way of saying no, of putting off a decision, feeding administration hopes that the momentum will fade?
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Vote YES to Unionize!