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Faculty Forward MA //
SEIU Local 509

Since its start in 2013, graduate students have played an instrumental role as allies in the Faculty Forward movement. Through Faculty Forward, over 13,000 faculty have formed unions and joined allies to challenge the status quo in higher education around working conditions, student debt, and access to higher education. Faculty Forward is a project of the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), which represents 120,000 members in public and private higher education in the United States—40,000 of which are college and university faculty. SEIU Local 509 represents nearly 20,000 educators and human service workers throughout Massachusetts.

Graduate Workers Forward MA

With the recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB: the federal body that governs collective bargaining in the private sector), graduate student assistants at private institutions can now join the many graduate student employees at public universities who have formed unions. Graduate assistants at Duke, Northwestern, Saint Louis University, American University and other major universities are organizing with SEIU under the national campaign “Graduate Workers Forward.”

Next Steps...

Join a nationwide movement of faculty and graduate student workers fighting for better pay and benefits and a voice on campuses across Massachusetts. To get started, fill out this confidential union authorization form today.