October 31, 2014
I am writing to let you know that late Wednesday the College received a notice from the National Labor Relations Board regarding a petition to represent contingent faculty filed by the Service Employees International Union, Local 1021.
We are reviewing the petition and working with the National Labor Relations Board to provide the information requested by the agency in advance of the upcoming hearing date.
Without a doubt, the academic experience at Saint Mary's is enhanced by the contributions of its contingent faculty of adjuncts and lecturers. We recognize and appreciate their efforts in our quest to provide an excellent education for our students. We are an institution that deeply values dialogue, as evinced in our core educational approach.
My commitment to open and transparent communication is unwavering. I will continue to provide the community with updates as we learn more about this process.
James A. Donahue