State Employees’ Association will be Adjuncts’ Collective Bargaining Representative
Adjunct faculty members in the Community College System of New Hampshire have formed a union.
The Public Employee Labor Relations Board has ruled that a majority of the System’s adjuncts had signed authorization cards selecting the State Employees’ Association as the new collective bargaining representative for the 557 eligible adjunct faculty members. The SEA already represents full-time professors as well as clerical, maintenance and other employees of the College System.
“Right now, there is a lot of uncertainty among adjunct faculty,” said Craig Cushing, NHTI Concord Adjunct Professor of English. “Working together through the SEA, we will bring positive change to the Community College System. Improved working conditions will benefit students – and bring better value for the taxpayers of New Hampshire.”
“Education suffers when there is high turnover and low morale,” said Mary Lee Sargent, an Adjunct Professor who teaches at both NHTI-Concord and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. “By joining together in a union, the adjuncts will have a voice at the table and will be respected as educators.”