Adjunct faculty members at the Maryland Institute College of Art voted to unionize this week, creating the first union representing part-time faculty members at any four-year college in the state.
The MICA adjuncts began organizing in March amid dissatisfaction with what some lecturers called shaky job security and insufficient wages. Mailed-in ballots were tallied at the board's Baltimore office Tuesday by a representative of the National Labor Relations Board, with witnesses from MICA's administration and the part-time faculty committee observing the process.
The vote was 163 adjuncts in favor and 75 opposed. The NLRB requires more than 50 percent for recognition. The adjuncts are to be represented by SEIU Local 500, which is based in Gaithersburg.