Adjunct Faculty Turn Away Union, While Instructor Vote is ‘Inconclusive’

| May 12, 2015

From the Office of the Provost:

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tallied the ballots Monday for the two voting groups of Webster faculty that are based at four St. Louis area locations (Webster Groves, Winghaven, Westport, Gateway/Downtown).

While the Adjunct Faculty voted against union representation, the results for the Instructors are inconclusive because the number of challenged ballots is sufficient to potentially change the outcome of the election. The results for both groups are as follows:

  • Adjunct Faculty (668-member voting unit) – 268 against union representation and 212 for union representation, with 53 challenged and 9 voided ballots. A total of 542 voted.
  • Instructors (5-member voting unit) – 1 for union representation, with 4 challenged ballots.

While the union has seven days to file objections to the vote by the adjunct faculty, we are hopeful and confident this outcome will stand. With regard to the instructors, the NLRB will now proceed with investigating and determining which challenged ballots, if any, shall be opened and counted. Webster University will also cooperate with the NLRB to ensure all eligible, but no ineligible, Instructor votes are counted.

We very much appreciated the thoughtful consideration our members of both voting units gave this important issue throughout this process, as evidenced by their comments and questions, and discussions. In the days and weeks ahead, we intend to continue this constructive dialogue with our adjunct faculty and work collaboratively to address questions and concerns. At the same time, assuming the voting results stand, we will engage in good faith negotiations with the SEIU on contract matters relating to our five instructors.

While this election was difficult on several levels, we must put it behind us and chart a course forward for our University, our faculty and staff, and our students.

Category: Faculty, St. Louis Campus News

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