The University of Chicago's non-tenure track instructors are pushing to unionize.
On Thursday, the nontenured faculty submitted a union election petition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The instructors could hold a union election if the NLRB signs off on the petition.
"We want a stronger voice in decisions made by the university that affect both us and our students," U of C senior lecturer and Spanish coordinator Janet Sedlar told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Without a union, the employer is free to cut benefits and pay, increase class sizes and all kinds of things at their whim, and we have no recourse."