TCU Senate recap: A year in resolutions

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed a number of resolutions addressing issues from senator compensation to gender-inclusive restrooms. Next year’s TCU President will be rising senior Jacqueline Chen. Following the presidential election on April 26th in which Chen defeated rising senior Adam Rapfogel, the TCU Senate held internal elections to select […]


Dining Service workers vote to unionize, collective bargaining to follow

Tufts Dining Services employees voted decisively to unionize with UNITE HERE Local 26 on Tuesday. The vote tally for the election, organized by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), was 127 in favor of unionization and 19 against, with 1 void ballot and 11 challenges, surpassing the simple majority required to secure a union victory. About 89.8 percent of 176 eligible voters […]


Graduate students vote to unionize at School of Arts and Sciences

Tufts graduate students employed by the School of Arts & Sciences voted to unionize and join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local #509, according to Elizabeth Gemperline, assistant to the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 1, which includes Boston. Ballots for the mail-in election were counted by the NLRB this […]


Arts and Sciences graduate students to hold unionization vote

Graduate student employees of Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences and School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) will begin the process of voting to unionize with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509 today. Votes will be sent via mail today, and eligible voters will have until May 16 to send their mail-in ballot to the National […]


Graduate students consider unionization following NLRB decision

A group of Tufts graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts has been working toward forming a union for graduate students, following the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling last August that graduate students at private universities, as paid teaching and research assistants, […]


Op-Ed: Invisible labor

I have been a graduate student in English at Tufts for four years now. In that time, my colleagues and I have worked as teaching assistants (TAs), tutors, graders and (most prominently) graduate instructors in ENG 0001-0004 courses. You may have seen us. Graduate students often take part-time jobs as well. This can include administrative work, […]


Tufts School of Medicine tenure and tenure-track faculty file for union elections

Tenured and tenure-track faculty from the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) filed a petition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last Dec. 11 to hold on campus union elections, which has been challenged by the TUSM administration partially on grounds of legality. The faculty petition, if successful, would allow 70 members of TUSM faculty. including […]


Full-time, non-tenured faculty to vote to unionize

After a semester of gathering signatures and garnering support, full-time, non-tenured Tufts faculty members will vote on Jan. 28 and 29 to determine whether they will unionize. The vote, which will be held on campus, is a result of the preliminary efforts made by a group of non-tenured faculty who officially filed to hold elections to form a […]


Full-time lecturers file for union election

On Friday, Dec. 5, several full-time, non-tenured Tufts lecturers went to the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston to file for an election that would create a union for full-time lecturers after reaching the required threshold of 30 percent of full-time faculty showing interest in a union, according to a Service Employees International Union […]


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