A group of five students, one alum and two organizers from the Service Employees International Union delivered a petition bearing approximately 350 signatures to the office of the President Thomas Krise, Tuesday afternoon. The petition supported the efforts of some contingent faculty who are seeking to vote on unionization.
Krise was in a meeting and unable to receive the petition. Executive Associate to the President, Deidre Hill, accepted the petition and said she would deliver it to Krise when he was available.
“We’re here because we feel contingent faculty have the right to vote – at the very least,” Kenny Stancil ’13 said.
The students who delivered the petition said they were not suggesting PLU have a union, but petitioning for contingent faculties to be awarded the right to vote.
The petition had been circulating among students since the May Day rally in Red Square on May 1.
“There’s a trend to make employee’s more vulnerable,” Stancil said.
Alum, Brian Manning ’07, delivered a speech while students delivered the petition.
He recalled his senior year at PLU when he was recovering from an assault.
“I was in pretty bad shape after the assault,” Manning said. “The contingent faculty in SOAC helped.”
SOAC is the School Of Arts and Communication at PLU.
“I couldn’t have done it without those professors – the ones without a voice,” Manning added.
He described how he believed was PLU handling the unionization issue as “inappropriate”, considering the university’s mission.
PLU’s mission statement is, “PLU seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care – for other people, for their communities and for the earth.”
“I want people to have a fair shake,” Manning said. “Let them have the opportunity to express their opinion at the ballot.”