Point Park University Adjunct Facility have voted to unionize and the administration seems to be ready to let that happen.
“This is long over due,” said PPU adjunct English and French teacher Rebecca Taksel. “We adjuncts… have been marginalized for so long.”
Following the 172-79 vote, the University responded with a written statement, which read in part,
“We are pleased that so many adjunct faculty members took the time to make their voices heard on this important issue. We respect the decision made by those eligible to vote and look forward to working with all faculty members to fulfill Point Park’s mission of educating the next generation.”
The university had originally fought the unionization effort run by the United Steel Workers.
“As soon as we are officially recognized next Wednesday (July 2) we will be sending them (University administrators) a letter asking them for dates for bargaining,” said USW organizer Randa Ruge who thinks they will be able to negotiate better pay for the workers.