Union’s Bid to Organize Georgetown U. Adjuncts Is Part of an Innovative Regional Strategy

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012 by Taylor Fontes No Comments

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has undertaken the extraordinary task of unionizing a major portion of adjunct faculty members at Georgetown University and other universities in the metropolitan area.  After successful unionization campaigns at American University, George Washington University and Montgomery College, they began a campaign to unionize adjuncts at Georgetown in August.  Their theory is that by organizing en masse they create pressure to improve pay, benefits, working conditions and job security while at the same time creating a large enough pool of participants to potentially provide retirement benefits.  Because Virginia is a right to-work-state, organizers have they have focused on the D.C. and Maryland suburban areas, which Richard J. Boris, executive director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, said constitutes the first instance in which specific geographic areas have been targeted for unionization.

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