Loyola University Chicago

SEIU Faculty Union Petition

Union Election Results

January 27, 2016

Loyola Community,

Earlier today, representatives from the University and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 gathered at the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Region 13 office to count ballots and determine if the part-time and full-time non-tenure-track faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences will be represented by the Union as it relates to the terms and conditions of their employment.

A total of 224 out of 326 eligible faculty members voted, with 142 voting “Yes” to Union representation and 82 voting “No.” As mentioned in past e-mails, this election was to be decided by a majority of the ballots cast, not the number of eligible voters; thus the results above mean that 142 faculty have elected SEIU for all 326 in the voting group. We are disappointed that under the NLRB rules, 44 percent of the voting group determined the outcome for so many others.

We greatly value the contributions of our full-time non-tenure-track and part-time faculty, who are vital to fulfilling our academic mission, and we remain committed to providing a rewarding and positive work environment. As we have to date, we will continue to work through the NLRB processes and procedures in bargaining a contract with SEIU. We thank those who participated in the vote and for their careful consideration of this important issue. We look forward to continuing the conversation and the negotiations with SEIU about these faculty in the coming year.

New SEIU Local 73 Petition
On a related note, the University has received a new petition from the NLRB on behalf of SEIU Local 73, which is seeking to represent 12 faculty within the English Language Learning Program. At this time, we are working through the process and will respond in accordance to the petition and the requirements of the NLRB. To date, no election timeline has been determined. We will provide additional details once they are available.

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 Election
Yesterday, our skilled maintenance staff (maintenance mechanics, plumbers, electricians, etc.) within the Facilities Division at the Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences campuses participated in an election to determine whether International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 399 would serve as their exclusive representative with the University as it relates to establishing terms and conditions of their employment.

A total of 23 out of 24 skilled maintenance staff members voted, with 17 voting “Yes” to Union representation and 6 voting “No.” This means the voting group has elected Local 399 to be their representative.

I want to acknowledge Local 399 for their willingness to work with Loyola and  accomplish three mutual objectives: 1) respect our religious identity and mission so that it is not diminished by the NLRB’s narrow interpretation of religious identity; 2) ensure a voting process outside of the NLRB rules where the majority in the voting unit (rather than the majority of votes cast) determined the outcome of the election; and 3) agree on an appropriate and coherent voting group with similar terms and conditions of employment. Moving forward, Local 399 will represent about 65 operating engineers, engineer trainees, and skilled maintenance staff members at our three Chicagoland campuses, and we look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with them.


Thomas M. Kelly
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services