Tenured & Tenure-Track Faculty Support Our Contingent Colleagues!
This past year, part-time lecturers at Tufts University formed a union and negotiated a landmark contract – bolstered by the full support of tenured and tenure-track faculty on campus. Boston University, Lesley, Northeastern and Bentley have all seen similar union victories in the past year and a half, all with full-time tenure faculty support.
This academic year, many Brandeis contingent faculty – in affiliation with Faculty Forward and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – have begun organizing for union membership. We write to support their efforts and to reiterate what many of us know and about which we have strong feelings: full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty like ourselves constitute a privileged elite at Brandeis, but our entire academic and pedagogic enterprise – our academy – could not function without the work of the several hundred contingent faculty here. They are our colleagues and equal participants in the enterprise of teaching at this university. They deserve to be treated as such.
We pledge to support our colleagues as they advocate for their interests, their students’ interests and the broader interests of the Brandeis community by exercising their right to form a union. We strongly encourage all eligible faculty to fully and support the forthcoming election to form a strong faculty union at Brandeis.