Arts and Sciences graduate students ratify first contract in unanimous vote

Graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S) unanimously voted to ratify their first contract with the administration Thursday, making Tufts the third private university in the United States to have a recognized graduate student union under contract. Voting took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mayer Campus Center, after […]

Negotiations between part-time faculty, administration in standstill

Negotiations between adjunct faculty and the Tufts administration appear to have reached a stalemate. According to Andy Klatt, a part-time professor in the Department of Romance Languages and a member of the faculty’s bargaining committee, the bargaining agreement was originally set to expire on June 30, but a series of disagreements between the negotiating parties have pushed […]

News roundup: top stories from last year

The 2016-2017 academic year was eventful at Tufts University, with everything from tension on campus in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election to shakeups in the Greek life system. The following is a rundown of the biggest stories on the Hill from last year. September Tufts Student Services released the Tufts Mobile app in collaboration with Tufts Technology Services […]

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 […]

Part-time faculty prepare to renegotiate contract

The collective bargaining agreement for part-time adjunct faculty at Tufts is due to expire on June 30, and re-negotiations have begun between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Tufts administrators. Since the adjunct faculty at Tufts formed a union in 2013, their contract with Tufts has become a model for other schools in the Greater Boston area […]

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 […]

After unionizing, full-time faculty prepare for next steps

After officially forming a union on Feb. 12 and joining the part-time faculty in collaborating with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509 through its Faculty Forward project, Tufts full-time, non-tenured faculty are now preparing to begin negotiating as a union with the university, according to Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Lecturer Penn Loh.  “We have […]

Full-time lecturers vote to unionize by large margin

After two days of ballot casting, a sweeping majority of Tufts University full-time, non-tenured faculty voted to form a union on Feb. 12, joining the Faculty Forward project run by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509. The decision, which received a two-to-one margin of support from the over 80 percent of eligible faculty who voted, follows that […]