On March 7th, adjunct faculty at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore filed for a union election and to join the SEIU Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor. It’s another step forward in the movement to form adjunct faculty unions across America.
The news follows up a huge victory for Lesley University adjuncts in Boston who voted 84 percent to join SEIU/Adjunct Action. In the past two weeks, contingent faculty at Seattle University have also filed for an election.
The MICA campaign marks the first adjunct union election in Baltimore, one of 9 cities where contingent faculty are coming together to form unions with Adjunct Action/SEIU.
Across the country, the message being delivered is clear. Leaving part time faculty without sustainable incomes, benefits or job security runs against the mission of any institution: to serve its students. The status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable.