We are the Saint Martin’s University Faculty Union, which includes faculty of all appointment types from tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure track, including lecturers, instructors, adjuncts and all other contingent faculty.
We are unionizing to improve our working conditions and the learning environment of our students, in accordance with the mission of our university.
We believe that collective bargaining is a step in the evolution of shared governance at Saint Martin’s. Collective bargaining gives us a way to stand up for what we’re worth, demand inclusion in policy-making process, and claim a voice for quality education on behalf of our students and ourselves. We see organizing a union as the best way to ensure that the Saint Martin’s administration will collaborate with us in finding ways to grow the institution sustainably. Together, we can make Saint Martin’s a better place to work and a stronger academic institution.
We are supported in our efforts by Saint Martin’s Mission Statement and our Benedictine tradition. We must model that tradition by ensuring that all faculty are treated with dignity and fairness, and we believe that unionization allows us to be visible models of Saint Martin’s core values for our students.
The Catholic Church has long recognized union organizing as one of the essential means for the promotion of social justice. Beginning in Rerum Novarum, the Church has consistently supported efforts of workers to join together to defend their rights and protect their dignity. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has written, “no one may deny the right to organize without attacking human dignity itself.”