Loyola Non-Tenured Track Faculty
Loyola University is a Jesuit university that prides themselves on their social justice values, including a focus on having a socially just workplace for their own staff. The University is now faced with a choice of whether they will uphold their proclaimed values and work toward finalizing a first contract with the faculty and grad unions.
There are two faculty groups, the College of Arts and Sciences and the English Language Learning Program (ELLP). The College of Arts and Sciences won in January 2016 and they began bargaining in June 2016. ELLP followed suit and won their union in April 2016 and began to bargain in November 2016. These two groups are beginning to bargain together since many of their issues are the same. In the 18 months since the College of Arts and Sciences started bargaining with the University, progress has been slow. As of now, the union is asking that the University consent to free federal mediation to help speed up the process and finalize a contract by the end of the Spring semester in 2018. The University has rejected this proposal.
An organizing training is being scheduled for January, 2018 (date TBD). All bargaining unit members are welcomed to attend bargaining sessions. Please contact Elizabeth Towell at ETowell@seiu73.org for details. There are no bargaining dates currently scheduled, but keep checking this page for updates.
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Loyola Grads won their union in February of 2017. Over 200 graduate assistants, teaching assistants, and research assistants voted to form a union to improve the low stipend and limited health benefits that graduate students receive. In October, the university announced that they refuse to recognize the graduate employee union, while they simultaneously raised stipends for graduate assistants, demonstrating the strength of their union. Since then, graduate employees have rallied, held a “grade-in” in the students center, and publicly resisted the university’s stance.