MCAD Faculty Vote Yes to Unionization

Subject: Unionization Election Results

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce that the majority of our faculty have voted to elect to form a union. There will be two bargaining units, one representing full-time, and one, part-time faculty.

We have achieved the next step in establishing a stronger faculty voice, shared governance, and equitable working conditions for all within MCAD. We would like to thank all of you for participating in this process, and greatly appreciate the support we have received from members of our community.

Across the nation, and within the Twin Cities, full-time and part-time faculty are moving to improve conditions by forming unions. Part-time faculty at AICAD schools like MICA and Otis have formed unions and have secured (MICA) or are in the process of voting on contracts (Otis) that have provided both economic gains and substantive changes to working conditions.

In a few weeks, we will have a meeting for all faculty in which we will meet the Executive Director of Local 284 and begin to discuss the process of collective bargaining. For our colleagues who have voiced concerns or misgivings about forming a union at this time, we invite all of the faculty to be involved in this next phase to help shape the process in a way that reflects the values and aspirations of all members of our community.

We are a small school with long term, committed faculty, both full and part time. Many faculty have expressed to us that during the time leading up to the election, they have spent significant time getting to know their colleagues’ concerns, values, and hopes and have found this to be a meaningful experience. We hope that this engagement will continue. Consistently, faculty across the board have expressed preference for having open and honest conversations with administration. We want to stress that having open and honest conversations is one of the key goals of this process.

We are now ready to begin the next phase, which is to prepare for the process of collective bargaining, which includes selecting a bargaining team. If you are interested in becoming actively involved in this process, we invite you to reply to this email.

Sincerely,

MCAD United

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