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."