Voting Units and Eligibility Defined; Election Dates Set - April 7, 2015 | Webster University

Voting Units and Eligibility Defined; Election Dates Set - April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015

 Dear St. Louis Area Adjuncts:

Yesterday, we reached an agreement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on issues regarding voter eligibility, voting units, and the timing of the upcoming union election. This election, will determine whether the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will represent you and your colleagues on all matters relating to your employment at Webster University.

As a result of these events, we now know the following:

Voting Units: The union agreed to file two new petitions that set forth two voting units: “Adjuncts” and “Instructors.”

Voter Eligibility: To be eligible to vote, “Adjuncts” must have taught at least one credit-bearing course during the Fall 2014 semester (or term) or Spring 2015 semester (or term), while those with the title “Instructor” must be under contract to teach during the Spring 2015 semester (or term). In addition, eligible faculty member must have taught at one of the following St. Louis area campuses: Gateway, Winghaven, Westport, or Webster Groves.

Election Timing: Ballots will be mailed by the NLRB to those eligible to vote by April 24th and must be returned by May 8. The count will be held under NLRB supervision on May 11.

Voting Process: Remember, a simple majority of the votes cast in each unit will determine the outcome of this election for each unit. Those choosing not to vote will still be bound by the outcome of the election. Please know we very much respect the rights of both you and your colleagues to seek union representation. However, we hope you will exercise your right to vote no.

With these issues decided, the NLRB requires the University to provide the name and home address of every eligible voter. The NLRB in turn will provide that information to the Union. Please know that we have not previously shared contact information about our faculty members with the Union (they have obtained it from other sources). However, we must do so now. We also understand this may be upsetting to many of you. However, this is a standard step in the Union election process, and we must abide by it.

In the weeks ahead, please continue to visit Webster.edu/wuafi for the latest information and updates on this process. We will continue to use this site to post factual information about the choice you are being asked to make regarding union representation. If you have questions, please direct them to AdjunctQuestions@webster.edu

Thank you for your time and consideration.