We write with wonderful news! After receiving our petition in the form of union authorization cards, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has scheduled our election for May.
Our union election will be held by mail, with ballots tentatively set to arrive beginning May 6. We will have approximately two weeks to make a decision and return our ballots to the NLRB.
In addition, NLRB authorities have ruled that all core faculty — including those recently designated as ‘temporary’ — have the right to vote in this election. Read more on this ruling and the voice it guarantees our colleagues in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
So what does all this mean for core faculty? A mail vote gives us the opportunity to cast our ballots from the privacy of our homes, free from pressure from the administration or anyone else. And the subsequent NLRB decision blocks administration efforts to disenfranchise a significant number of faculty voices from this process (though Lesley administrators could appeal the ruling).
Now that our election details are set, it is more important than ever that we continue our open and honest dialogue about the issues we face at Lesley. It is up to us to act, together, to tackle these challenges for the betterment of the entire campus community.
It is our sincere hope that core faculty members will remain active and fully engaged in this process as we make our final decisions. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will certainly reach out to continue to advance this dialogue — but please contact us in the meantime with questions, concerns or to get involved in the effort to gain a stronger voice on campus.
This is an important milestone for Lesley University, bringing us one step closer to the true democratic values and shared governance our campus community deserves. We look forward to continuing this critical dialogue in the coming weeks!
The Lesley Core Faculty Organizing Committee
P.S. Remember that we each have the right to participate — or decline to participate — in this process on our own terms. No faculty member is obligated to discuss our union election with colleagues, administrators or union representatives