As our union election approaches, we should expect to hear directly from university administrators — each of whom will offer various reasons why they think unionization is not in the best interest of salaried lecturers and instructors or the university as a whole. Whether in the form of emails, meetings or personal appeals from individual Chairs and Deans, the university’s goal is the same: to dissuade lecturers and instructors from unionizing.
Know that this same administration issued warnings in the lead-up to the union vote for part-time faculty as well. But in the end, these amounted to scare tactics that were, at best, misleading. At worst, these statements were factually inaccurate. Our part-time colleagues — who voted overwhelmingly to form a union — were not deterred by these entreaties. And we shouldn’t be, either. Although the Boston University administration initially resisted their organizing, the process has created a space for open and respectful exchange of ideas, plans and, eventually, shared goals. We look forward to winning a seat at the negotiating table to similarly engage in these meaningful and important discussions.
The pages above detail a few of the key arguments we are likely to hear in the coming weeks, and reveal the truth behind each. By separating the myths from the facts, each and every one of us will be better able to make an informed decision.