OUR BARGAINING GOALS

AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE BRANDEIS PART-TIME FACULTY UNION TO THE BRANDEIS COMMUNITY

    In December 2015, adjunct and part-time contract faculty at Brandeis overwhelmingly voted to form our union.

    We are now united, with a shared commitment to the twin pillars of the Brandeis mission: academic excellence and social justice.

    Whether researchers, scholars, artists, or practitioners, we share a dedication to teaching and an understanding that our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. Adjunct and part-time contract faculty are responsible for one-quarter of the instruction at Brandeis, but we are paid far less than other faculty for teaching. Many of us have been here for years without any job security. Despite delivering the same quality instruction as our full-time colleagues, many of us lack support for professional development and basic resources such as private office space to meet with our students. As we negotiate our first union contract, we seek a commitment from our employer that matches our commitment to Brandeis and its students.

    We urge the administration to live up to the social justice values of Brandeis University and to honor our contributions to the university’s academic excellence. We seek meaningful job security, equitable compensation, increased access to benefits, greater inclusion in the academic life of the university, and support for our scholarship, creative endeavors, and professional development.

    During this pivotal moment in the history of higher education in the United States, Brandeis has the opportunity, through these contract negotiations, to become an example, locally and nationally, of the just treatment of all faculty, regardless of rank. Sincerely,

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