Oct. 20: Update on NLRB Petition Status

On Wednesday, October 13, the college received formal notice from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that the petition filed on October 4 on behalf of non-tenured and non-tenure-track faculty, instructors, and lecturers had been withdrawn. The Maine Service Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, filed a new petition on October 8, seeking to represent all non-tenured and non-tenure-track faculty, as well as all staff at Bates, who are not managers, confidential employees, guards, or supervisors. This process will result in a secret ballot election among eligible employees, likely in early to mid-November. No date has yet been set by the NLRB, but we will let you know the date as soon as we are notified. 

The NLRB will make the final decision on who will be included in the proposed bargaining unit, which determines the employees who will be eligible to vote. Once the unit has been clarified by the NLRB, Bates is required by law to provide names and complete contact information to the union for all employees eligible to vote in the election. To be clear, the college has so far provided no contact information for any employees, as our policies prohibit such disclosure.

As indicated in previous updates, Bates will protect the rights of all eligible employees to decide for themselves whether or not they wish to be exclusively represented by this union. Last week, Clayton sent a message to the community about organizing activity, and the college published a Frequently Asked Questions website. 

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) specifically allows both employees and employers to express views, arguments, and opinions on the topic of unionization. To answer the questions we are hearing from Bates employees, the college will continue to update the FAQ page. We will also provide other opportunities to share information and answer questions that may be on the minds of employees who are trying to decide how they wish to vote or on the minds of faculty and staff who are trying to understand how union representation could affect the culture, hiring, supervising, or operations within their departments or the college as a whole.

As additional details emerge, we will provide updates on this site.