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Sun May 18, 2014, 10:16 PM

Part-time faculty at Northeastern will form union, aiding wider push


Part-time faculty at Northeastern will form union, aiding wider push

By Matt Rocheleau
Globe Correspondent May 15, 2014

Part-time faculty at Northeastern University have voted to form a union, supporters announced Thursday the biggest victory yet for area adjunct professors demanding better pay, benefits, and working conditions.

The 961 Northeastern adjuncts became the third and largest group of part-time faculty locally to organize since the Service Employees International Union launched a national campaign in 2012. Part-time faculty at Tufts and Lesley universities previously voted to unionize.

The push has broad implications for the local universities, economic engines for the region that have come to depend on the low cost and flexibility of adjunct faculty as tenure-track positions become scarcer.

Adjunct faculty at Northeastern, where 52 percent of faculty are part time, praised the vote on Thursday, saying they hoped it addresses inequities on the campus.

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