Loyola’s English Language Learning Program (ELLP) faculty members voted for union representation following the successful unionization efforts of faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in January.
There are ELLP faculty members at Loyola — five full-time and six part-time employees — who teach English to non-native English speakers. Eight out of the 11 faculty members participated in the election, and they all voted for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 union representation on April 4.
The election was conducted by a mail ballot between March 11 and April 1, and results were counted on April 4 at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 13 office, with representatives from the university and SEIU 73 present to observe the count.
The university sent out an email to faculty and staff announcing the results and stating its cooperation.
The university has maintained that it is disappointed the NLRB doesn’t recognize Loyola’s religious identity. Nonetheless, the university will be cooperative with the union’s efforts, according to Senior Vice President for Administrative Services Thomas Kelly.
Kelly also stated that these elections to unionize have given administration a new outlook on ways to improve.
“During both of these recent elections, we communicated to many of you—both faculty and staff—that we are committed to providing a more rewarding and positive work environment at Loyola,” he stated in a public release on April 4. “That commitment has not wavered and we will use these elections, as well as the feedback many of you have provided, to guide our decision-making process in the future.”