This past week, it was announced that an organizing campaign among adjunct professors at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota had failed. In a drawn out and contested election, the final vote tally was 84 in favor of unionizing and 136 against. The proposed unit, which would have been represented by Adjunct Action, was limited to the 300 or so adjunct faculty who teach undergraduate students.
In a short statement, Adjunct Action expressed its disappointment with the results.
“We are disappointed with the results of today’s election, but are incredibly proud of the gains this campaign achieved by bringing the reality faced by adjuncts at St. Thomas out of the shadows. By starting this process, we’ve initiated a long overdue dialogue with leadership at St. Thomas that has not happened for far too long.”
This is one of the first big losses during a union drive involving Adjunct Action, which has been installed at approximately a dozen universities across the country. We will keep you posted on further developments.