Part-Time Faculty Union Update | November 2016
Once again, we have professional development funds available to reimburse Part-time Faculty with 4+ years  whether at Tufts or the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. These funds can be applied to expenses incurred for conferences, professional dues, books, journals, or other resources and activities  that improve knowledge, skills, and teaching in our fields. Grants are available for up to $500 per year and we strongly encourage all eligible Faculty to apply.

The funds that are now available must be used in the current Academic Year. And by exhausting them ─ as we did last year ─ we  strengthen our argument for future increases in both the size of the fund and the cap on individual grants.

For an application or more information, please contact Tanya Larkin in Medford or  Lizi Brown at SMFA.

As you may know, our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires at the end of June, 2017 -- and negotiations will begin soon for a new agreement for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. It is important that our union proposals for this second contract reflect the diversity of views, concerns, and priorities of part-timers at Tufts.

To that end, over the next couple of weeks we will be organizing several forums on the Medford Campus and at the Museum School where colleagues can discuss the positive aspects of our work we'd like to protect, the challenges we want to tackle, and how our work life can be improved through collective bargaining. The more people who participate in these discussions, the stronger and more representative our union will be. The forums will be held at the following times and places:
Thursday, November 9 
12:00PM to 1:00PM
SMFA, Room A310
(230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115)

Monday, November 14
12:00PM to 1:00PM
Lane Hall 100A

Tuesday, November 15
1:30PM to 2:30PM
 Campus Center 203

Wednesday, November 16
12:00PM to 1:00PM
Olin 116

Thursday, November 17
3:00PM to 4:00PM
Campus Center 220

By now, you should have received a preliminary bargaining survey asking you about your priorities. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to complete the online survey. If you'd prefer a hard copy, contact Carley Russell as soon as possible.

Among the landmark gains in our first Collective Bargaining Agreement was the introduction of multi-year contracts. In order to accomplish this, we also agreed to comprehensive reviews in the last year of such appointments.  

Because so many of us were eligible for three-year contracts when the Agreement went into effect, certain categories of faculty were given initial two-year contracts to stagger the load of comprehensive reviews. If you are one of the people who entered into a two-year appointment for AY 2015-2016 and 2016-2007, you will receive a comprehensive review this year. Other faculty completing a two-year appointment this year will also be reviewed.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your department's Union Representative  or reach out to Carley Russell
Throughout our initial organizing drive and the campaign for our first Collective Bargaining Agreement we benefited from the support and activism of dedicated student allies in the Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC)  as well as the solidarity of unionized janitors at the University.

We were proud to return the favor in recent weeks, as we stood in solidarity withTufts janitors in their recently-concluded contract bargaining process. You can read more on their impressive contract gains in The Boston Globe.

Faculty and students from Tufts and many other Boston-area campuses were also active in support of unionized food service workers at Harvard. Their recent strike ended with a similarly-strong settlement.

Congratulations to both on their hard-won victories! 

SEIU Local 509 / Faculty Forward MA 
293 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752