Unionization Updates

  • Jan. 31: Update on Union Election
    Dear Colleagues, I write to provide an update on the union election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from January 6 through January 28. Ballots have been received by the regional office of the NLRB, but it was confirmed this afternoon that they will not be counted today as originally scheduled because a…
  • Jan. 3: How the Voting Process Works
  • Dec. 16: Information from the NLRB Regarding Union Election
    Earlier this afternoon, the college received a formal decision and direction of election notice from the Region 01 office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The notice relates to the petition filed on October 8, by the Maine Service Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, seeking to represent all non-tenure and non-tenure-track faculty, as well…
  • Nov. 15: Union Shop or Open Shop?
    A number of colleagues have reached out with questions about the difference between a “union shop” and an “open shop.” A full series of questions and answers remain available on our Frequently Asked Questions page, and a few specific to this topic are summarized below.
  • Nov. 5: What is Collective Bargaining?
    Over the past month, a number of colleagues have reached out with basic questions about the process of collective bargaining. A full series of questions and answers remain available on our Frequently Asked Questions page, and a few specific to the topic of collective bargaining are summarized below.
  • Nov. 3: Working at Bates
    Bates offers eligible employees — those who work at least half-time — competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits program that is designed to offer flexibility for individual needs and situations. Here are a few highlights of what the college currently offers: Wages at Bates Over the past year, Bates has increased the entry level hourly…
  • Nov. 2: Basic Facts About Labor Unions
    Many colleagues have reached out to ask basic questions about labor unions, the petition process, and how that process interacts with their daily work. A full series of questions and answers remain available on our Frequently Asked Questions page and a few are summarized here.
  • 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…
  • Union Organizing at Bates
    Dear Colleagues, I write to address issues and questions that have arisen in the context of union organizing efforts at Bates and to outline how the college intends to support all employees as we move through the process.  As you may know, early last week, Bates received notice from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)…