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California faculty from three campuses vote to join SEIU

Adjunct organizing finished 2014 on a high note in California, as more than 900 adjuncts voted to join SEIU at three campuses right before the new year. On Dec. 29, roughly 400 contingent faculty at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and almost 300 at Dominican University in San Rafael voted with sizable majorities to join Local 1021. The following day, faculty members at Otis College of Art and Design voted for their union, making approximately 250 instructors the newest members of SEIU Local 721. “This is an exciting day for the entire Otis community,” said instructor Andrea Bowers. “By forming a union at Otis, we’ll have the ability to advocate for students and our colleagues. We will all benefit from a supported and empowered faculty at all levels, and Otis will be able to maintain its standards of artistic and educational excellence.”

Read more about the growing movement for education and economic justice in the Los Angeles Times .