Gonzaga University

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Adjunct and contingent faculty at Gonzaga University began organizing with SEIU 925 in 2014 for higher pay, more job security and a stronger voice in governance and departmental decision making. Despite the University’s social justice mission, the university administration immediately began waging a strong anti-union campaign.
 
Many Gonzaga adjunct faculty, like the majority of adjunct faculty across the country, often teach classes at multiple institutions and/or work an assortment of other low-paying jobs to piece together a living wage. Conditions for contingent faculty members at Gonzaga vary immensely. Some contingent faculty can actively participate in governance, play pivotal roles in their departments, and enjoy some degree of job security. However, other contingent faculty are blocked from participating in governance, have no voice in their departments, and have no idea what classes they would get to teach quarter to quarter.
 
While Gonzaga faculty have not yet held a union election, faculty have continued taking action to improve their profession as members of the Washington Faculty Forward voluntary membership chapter.  
 
Learn more about our voluntary membership chapter (link to connect with us page)