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Organizing the Academy: Unionization Efforts in Higher Education

Labor organization efforts grew following the pandemic in the United States at tech companies, automakers, and even higher education institutions. This brief examines unionization trends at private colleges and universities from 2007 to 2023, revealing staff as the main force behind unionization attempts, followed by contingent faculty. Major unions like the SEIU and the AFL-CIO play significant roles in representing college and university employees. This study underscores the importance of understanding historic unionization efforts, shedding light on often overlooked staff categories like maintenance and security.

Keywords
Unionization, Higher Education, Staff, Contingent Faculty
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/d2cg-px71

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Mirabello, Stephen, Rylie C. Martin, and Christopher R. Marsicano. (). Organizing the Academy: Unionization Efforts in Higher Education. (EdWorkingPaper: 24-966). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/d2cg-px71

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