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Non-Tenure-Track Skidmore Professors Unionize

September 28, 2022

Full-time and part-time non-tenure-track faculty members, librarians and accompanists voted to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, they announced Tuesday. In the full-time bargaining unit, 65 percent voted to unionize, according to information from the union. In the part-time bargaining unit, 67 percent voted to unionize. Ruth McAdams, teaching professor of English at Skidmore, said in a statement, “We’re excited to get to the bargaining table right away to address some of the underlying needs that led us to organize—issues around pay, precarity and a voice on campus.”

Skidmore said in a separate statement that the college "will move forward with collective bargaining in a good-faith effort to reach mutually agreeable terms. The final vote count was 64-35 from full time-faculty, and 38-19 from part time faculty in favor of a unionization. Our support of our non-tenure-track faculty colleagues remains a priority for the college. We respect and admire their individual and collective contributions to our mission." 


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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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