Devoted to Enhancing the Excellence of the University of Missouri-St. Louis
We are a group of University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty members who deeply respect the historical role of organized labor in our nation, and acknowledge the current and future importance of unions for the protection of workers in many fields. But on the narrow question of whether the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis should be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at this time, we have decided that we are opposed.
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It's important to demonstrate that a majority of the UMSL faculty does not support SEIU unionization at this time!
- SEIU is proposing taking 2.5% of your pay if you join the union, and up to 2.13% of your pay even if you choose not to join the union
- SEIU seeks to disenfranchise the College of Business Administration, the College of Optometry, and the College of Nursing
- SEIU seeks to divide faculty along tenure-track, nontenure-track, and adjunct faculty lines
- SEIU would eliminate shared governance on campus. Decisions regarding faculty pay, budgets, and HR benefits that currently involve faculty input, would instead be made by the union
- Research quality at UMSL would suffer. In order to negotiate an increase in base faculty salaries, SEIU would have to give away research funds, pension funds, health care benefits, or all three.
- It would be very difficult to attract top talent to a unionized UMSL faculty
- A union would have no leverage. UMSL is a public institution, and by state Missouri law, public employees can not strike
- A unionized faculty would not lead to greater legislative support from the state of Missouri; indeed, with our current super-majority Republican legislature, unionization might only alienate them
- SEIU is a union for service employees; they have little experience, and even less understanding, of public institutions of higher education
- The union will have its own agenda
- SEIU is wrong for higher education, and wrong for us
Note: Further information on each of the above points, including links to empirical evidence and other kinds of supportive information, can be found in the fuller discussion of these issues on The Case Against Unionization page.
*On October 31, 2016 the Board of Curators voted on unionization procedures that differ from those proposed by SEIU and described above. SEIU is currently formulating their response.