Letter March 19, 2015 | Webster University

Letter to Adjunct Faculty March 19, 2105

To All Webster University Adjunct Faculty in the St. Louis Area:

Over the past several weeks, it has become clear that some members of the faculty and paid union organizers are continuing their efforts to convince Adjunct Faculty to sign authorization cards and ultimately vote for union representation in a National Labor Relations Board election.  A number of you have expressed your concern about being contacted at your homes and on campus.

While fully recognizing and respecting the rights of our Adjunct Faculty colleagues to seek union representation, the University administration’s previously stated position that unionization is not in the best interest of our Adjunct Faculty and Webster University remains unchanged.  As an institution of higher learning, we respect the free exchange of knowledge and information, and this topic is no different.

As this process unfolds, we will provide you with accurate and timely information to review and consider. This way, you can make a thoughtful and informed decision.

If you are – or already have been – approached by representatives of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to sign an “Authorization Card,” please know that your signature  may be used by the union to either petition for an election or demand recognition from the University (You can learn more about these cards in the FAQ section that follows).   It is important that you familiarize yourself with the issues involved and make an informed decision.  It is a decision of great importance.

Thank you for your consideration of these matters. Most especially, thank you for the outstanding service to our students.  We will continue to provide information about this process and your rights at:  webster.edu/wuafi.

If you have questions, please direct them to AdjunctQuestions@Webster.edu.  We do want to hear from you.


Julian Z. Schuster
Provost, Senior Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer