Transforming Higher Education

Movement Milestones and Victories

We’re working to improve learning and teaching conditions and access to higher education, while standing up to end the trend toward a low-road, corporate-business model for education. More than 50,000 faculty and graduate workers are already united through SEIU Faculty Forward. Every day more educators, students and community members across the country are joining our fight to transform higher education. Here’s a look at what we’ve accomplished together so far.

Elon University Faculty launch their campaign for a union

Non-tenure track faculty at Elon University took a big step forward today by officially filing for their union and hosting a campus-wide march on the boss. Faculty, students and community supporters sent a strong message of solidarity to Elon President Connie Ledoux Book by marching to her office and demanding the administration to work with faculty to address the low wages, inconsistent benefits and lack of inclusion in the campus community that faculty say limit their ability to provide a quality education for students.

“Today, we, the non-tenure track, are almost half of Elon’s faculty. Though we have different relationships and responsibilities to Elon, we are highly qualified and dedicated and bring unique skill sets to this university,” wrote the organizing committee of Elon Faculty Forward in an op ed. “The discrepancy between what non-tenure track faculty contributes to this campus versus the tangible and intangible inequalities experienced by the same group indicates there are still places where Elon can improve as a community. In order to make these needed changes, non-tenure track faculty at Elon have decided to come together to form a union.”

Special guest speakers at the march included MaryBe McMillian, President of the NC AFL-CIO

Read more about the campaign in News & Record and The Pendulum