After a long organizing drive and prolonged legal process, Northwestern University’s non-tenure eligible (NTE) faculty won their union certification on May 26, 2017. They join the University of Chicago and Loyola University of Chicago in forming unions for NTE faculty in the Chicago area. Unlike those two schools, however, Northwestern has announced that they will not begin negotiations with the newly formed union. In doing so, Northwestern is in violation of labor law. In order to hold NU accountable and to demand the University come to the bargaining table, the NTE Faculty Union has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Despite the administration’s claimed commitment to their community and faculty, you are violating labor law by refusing to negotiate. Northwestern’s administration has chosen to pay exorbitant fees to outside legal counsel in an attempt to derail the union effort and appears to be delaying our negotiations in the hope that Donald Trump’s appointees to the NLRB in Washington DC will be more “employer-friendly.”
We, the undersigned, join NU NTE Faculty in urging you to comply with the law and bargain with the NTE Faculty Union in good faith.