SEIU Targets Adjuncts at DePaul U. in Chicago
by Brendan Moore
DePaul could soon be at the forefront of the debate over adjunct unionization as DePaul President Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M. informed faculty last week of attempts by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to add DePaul faculty to their ranks.
In an email with the subject line “Union Solicitation at DePaul,” Holtschneider wrote Jan. 14 that a community organizer affiliated with the SEIU was approaching adjunct faculty members to solicit support for a union.
While Holtschneider said that DePaul adheres to Catholic social teaching on worker’s rights and respects the right for faculty to decide who represents them, he made clear the university would prefer if contingent faculty did not unionize.
“Our preference is to maintain a direct working relationship with adjunct faculty — without interference from a third party that has no connection or commitment to DePaul and its students and that may not understand our culture and our values,” Holtschneider said. “We believe this will better assist our tenured faculty and department chairs to work closely with our adjunct faculty and empower us to build on the improvements that we have made and continue to make progress together as
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