VICTORY: Adjunct Professors Win Unionization Vote and University Promises to not Challenge in Court

Yesterday, after a lengthy ballot counting process, it was determined that the part-time professors at American University will be legally allowed to form a union and affiliate with the Service Employees International Union, Local 500. Voting 379 for and 284 against, our adjunct professors decided to become the third group of adjuncts to unionize in the DC area. SEIU local 500 already represents adjunct professors at George Washington University and Montgomery College.

This victory for worker’s rights on campus comes after a lot of work on the part of the Student Worker Alliance to pressure the university administration to remain neutral and recognize the results of the election. Two weeks ago, students from SWA delivered a letter and petition with over 200 signatures to every school dean and department head on campus. Later that same week, SWA staged two flashmobs, the latter of which culminated in a march to the provost’s office where the same letter and petition was delivered to him. Earlier in the semester, students made a video expressing student support for unionization efforts.

We want to send our most sincere congratulatory messages to all of the adjunct professors who have dedicated their last semester to fighting for their union. We will continue standing in solidarity with you throughout your contract negotiations and whatever comes next.