University of the Arts staffers seek a union: ‘Nearly untenable working environment’

Full and part-time staff say job insecurity, and lack of wages and benefits are driving the unionization effort. The faculty unionized over a year ago.

Staff members seeking to unionize at the University of the Arts announced Monday that they wanted to affiliate with United Academics of Philadelphia, which already represents UArts faculty members.

The bargaining unit for full and part-time staff members would be separate from the faculty unit, organizers said. Faculty members unionized over a year ago and are now in contract talks with the university.

University employees said lack of cost-of-living wage increases, lack of job security, and lack of benefits for part-time staff are significant drivers of the union effort.

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