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Adjuncts at Mercy, Occidental Form Unions

May 16, 2019

Non-tenure-track professors at Mercy and Occidental Colleges voted to form unions affiliated with Service Employees International Union, they announced this week. At Mercy, where there were 831 eligible adjunct voters, 406 voted for a union and 100 voted no, according to information from SEIU. The union said more than 100 non-tenure-track professors voted in favor of unionization at Occidental. Mercy did not provide an immediate comment. Occidental said in a statement that it respects its adjunct professors’ decision and reiterated a promise by Dean Wendy Sternberg prior to the election to honor the outcome.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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