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Higher Education Organizing Developments

University of Florida Faculty Union Overwhelmingly Approves New Contract. By a vote of 491 to 4, the University of Florida's faculty union has overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement that was reached last month after years of debate. According to a union document, the deal makes major changes in the collective-bargaining agreement, "returning much authority and control to departments and colleges."

St. Francis Adjuncts Unionize. Adjuncts at St. Francis College, in New York, voted this week to unionize, affiliating with New York State United Teachers, American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. The vote was 96-47, with union organizers saying that adjuncts needed better pay and benefits. The vote creates the latest collective bargaining unit among adjuncts, who unlike tenure-track faculty members can be unionized at private as well as at public institutions. College administrators opposed the union drive, arguing that collective bargaining was not needed and producing videos of adjuncts who said they didn't want a union.

Another Organizing Victory: Florida State University Graduate Assistants Vote YES for NEA
Graduate employees at Florida State University voted by a more than three-to-one margin to unionize with the United Faculty of Florida (UFF), an affiliate of the Florida Education Association, which is jointly affiliated with the NEA and AFT.

Montana State University Bozeman Faculty Vote YES for NEA
The votes were counted for two bargaining units of faculty at the last unorganized public university in Montana, MSU-Bozeman.  Both the tenured/tenure-track faculty and the adjunct faculty units voted for union representation with MEA-MFT, an affiliate of NEA and AFT.