It is every workers legal right to unionize. Adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are unionizing to ensure job security, proportional access to benefits, compensation that equitably reflects the value of their teaching, and legal protection against unfair dismissal or discipline. Ballots have gone out to adjunct faculty and voting has begun. The only people allowed to vote, are the adjunct faculty who would be members of the union.
Our administration continues to send intimidating union busting emails to the adjunct faculty to persuade them to vote no.
On Friday, April 4th a group of students hand delivered a petition from the MICA community asking President Fred Lazarus to listen to his community and halt efforts to union bust and remain neutral as voting begins. On Monday April 7th, President Fred Lazarus responded in a follow up email stating that he will not remain neutral on this issue.
why this is important as a student :
- we all have a high chance of becoming adjunct faculty one day and would want to be treated fairly
- tuition rises every hear and adjunct faculty have not received a raise since the 1990’s. if our tuition is not directly going to the people facilitating our education, where is it going?
one of the petition testimonials says it best:
" [ I support the adjunct union ] Because artists are generally undermined, undervalued, and underpaid in our society - if we cannot respect and treat artists fairly within art institutions, how can we expect to be respected and valued elsewhere?”
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