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Vote No for Now to SEIU

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Must be received BEFORE June 6th, 2017

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Opposing SEIU Union Representation

SEIU Admits defeat on 3 of 4 Vanderbilt colleges

June 22, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We have just confirmed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205 has chosen to end its attempt to represent non-tenure track faculty at the Blair School of Music, the Divinity School and Peabody College. The SEIU plans to continue its efforts to represent non-tenure track faculty at the College of Arts and Science.

The next step will be for the NLRB to make a determination as to challenged voters in the Arts and Science election. In Arts and Science, there were 55 “yes” votes and 40 “no” votes with 51 challenged ballots and 193 faculty eligible to vote. As a reminder, the challenge procedure is routine and provides a way for the NLRB, the SEIU, and/or Vanderbilt to question a faculty member’s eligibility to vote. We expect that the NLRB will hold a hearing to make a decision on the challenged voters in Arts and Science but they have not yet finalized the hearing date.

As we’ve shared since the beginning, our goal has been to approach this election in a way that reflects our values. At Vanderbilt, we’re committed to upholding fundamental values such as transparency, open communication, shared governance and collaboration. As a central part of those values, we urged eligible faculty to participate and provided them with information about the unionization process so they could be informed voters.

The university is gratified that, in addition to high participation in the election on June 6, the process is moving forward and all parties involved agree that the election was conducted fairly.

As this process continues in Arts and Science, we’ll continue to keep you up to date on developments through direct outreach, as well as through frequent updates to our website: http://vu.edu/faculty-unionization.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Vice Provost Geer with any questions or concerns. Thank you for all that you do for the Vanderbilt community and for your thoughtful participation throughout this process.

Sincerely,

Susan R. Wente
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Why No for Now to SEIU?

We need time to explore:

What other Unions could represent us if we want to unionize?

What can we do as a group to improve conditions for NTT faculty by engaging directly with University administration as a group?

Would it be faster to effect change by engaging directly with the University administration given many union negotiations with University administrations have dragged on for years?

What impact will this effort, at this point, have on:

  • Diversity initiatives? 
  • Immersion initiatives?
  • The ongoing development of living and learning communities?

What assurances can be given that the faculty that will directly bargain with the University will have representation from diverse groups?

Until we have explored these and more questions, and are comfortable with the answers, vote NO for Now!

Signed,
Faculty opposed to SEIU, at least for now

Did You Know?

  • Why SEIU?  The AAUP (American Association of University Professors) already has a long track record of service in academia, and membership in their union is individual and voluntary (www.aaup.org).
     
  • Why SEIU?  We are scholars and teachers, artists and scientists - not service employees.

  • Why now?  A "no" vote means we can always revisit the discussion later.  A "yes" vote means we're stuck with SEIU indefinitely.

  • Pro-SEIU literature says that the union won't actually negotiate for us, but rather our elected representatives.  Consider those elected representatives: you only get to vote for them if you pay SEIU dues.  And do you suppose they will abandon all teaching and research in order to focus their negotiating duties?  The person negotiating your contract will be an amateur negotiator, a hobbyist, someone who determines your livelihood as a side project.

  • If SEIU believed in the product they were selling, there would be no aggressive rush to the vote.  Their rush comes from a desire to expand their base, and to shore up their failing business model (https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB124458836591599769)

2017 Two top SEIU union officials off the job in missing money investigation

2009 SEIU illegal tactics to force employees to vote for it (including threatening illegal immigrant

2009 SEIU violence against protestors (puts protestor in the hospital)

2014 SEIU tries to prevent its own employees from unionizing SEIU 500 Local

2009 SEIU Workers blow whistle on SEIU election fraud. Homecare providers tell how SEIU staff threat

2009 SEIU stacks the house and locks out opposing votes

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Election Updates

  • 06/22/2017 - SEIU End's All Efforts Except A&S!! +

    Dear Colleagues,

    We have just confirmed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205 has chosen to end its attempt to represent non-tenure track faculty at the Blair School of Music, the Divinity School and Peabody College. The SEIU plans to continue its efforts to represent non-tenure track faculty at the College of Arts and Science.

    The next step will be for the NLRB to make a determination as to challenged voters in the Arts and Science election. In Arts and Science, there were 55 “yes” votes and 40 “no” votes with 51 challenged ballots and 193 faculty eligible to vote. As a reminder, the challenge procedure is routine and provides a

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  • 05/10/17 - Message from the Provost: All Faculty Meeting today +

    Bringing the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to Vanderbilt to represent both full-time and adjunct non-tenure track faculty would be a big change to our campus with profound implications, changes that would be difficult to reverse if the SEIU proved to be the wrong fit for our faculty.

    There is no clear model to follow and there are still many unknowns, but the election is moving forward nonetheless.

    https://wp0.vanderbilt.edu/email-creator/2017/05/specially-called-faculty-meeting

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