SEIU Local 1021 Sees Representation Wins at San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College Posted by Jennifer Smith-Camejo 16sc on June 02, 2014 ·
--From Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report:
By Joyce E. Cutler
May 30 — Adjunct instructors at San Francisco Art Institute voted May 30 for Service Employees International Union Local 1021 as their bargaining representative, the latest development in the union's nationwide Adjunct Action campaign.
The SFAI adjuncts, called “visiting faculty” by the private nonprofit arts school, voted 124-35 to join SEIU Local 1021.
The SFAI instructors were the second group of teachers at a San Francisco Bay Area private sector school in a month to join Local 1021. Some 138 instructors at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., voted to form a union by a 78 percent margin in ballots the National Labor Relations Board counted May 14.
“We want an end to a climate of fear that resonates even where we gather online,” Dale Carrico, an SFAI critical thinking professor, said in a statement. “We want the security to do the work on which SFAI depends whether it admits it or not. We want the standing to communicate our knowledge of the needs and problems of the institution to which we are devoted without fear of reprisal.”
“Our next step is to negotiate the best contracts we can, to reflect and secure our real stake in the shared project of teaching at SFAI,” Carrico, who helped organize the campaign, told Bloomberg BNA.
The next step for the newly organized SFAI instructors is to elect a bargaining team of other adjuncts and conduct a bargaining survey to determine priorities for their contract, Local 1021 spokeswoman Jennifer Smith-Camejo told Bloomberg BNA May 30.
An SFAI representative couldn't be reached for comment.