[UPDATED] The CFT Union of Educators and Classified Professionals announced Wednesday that faculty of the ArtCenter College of Design have voted to join the union in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The votes from the mail election were counted Tuesday in Los Angeles, with over 60% of those participating voting in favor of the union.
ArtCenter College of Design President Dr. Lorne M. Buchman confirmed the vote in a statement.
“Pending final certification of results by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), part-time and full-time faculty at ArtCenter College of Design (ArtCenter), by a vote of 310 to 204, have elected to be represented by the California Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (CFT, AFL-CIO), for purposes of collective bargaining. Of the 708 faculty members eligible to vote, 527, or 74%, voted in the mail ballot election,” Buchman said.
“We have fully supported our faculty’s right to choose whether they wanted to be represented by a union and we respect the outcome of this vote. “We come away from the discourse that was generated throughout this process with a better sense of what we need to do to make ArtCenter an even stronger institution.”
Members of ArtCenter’s faculty expressed their support of the vote.
“We are thrilled that both full-time and part-time faculty joined together to create a unified voice that will make the ArtCenter we love an even stronger home for our students and faculty,” said Cole Case, a part-time faculty member in ArtCenter’s Integrated Studies department.
“The result of our union vote comes after almost two years of organizing one-on-one with our colleagues. I am proud that we came together for strength, collaboration, and fairness in the workplace,” said Armando Zuniga, a full-time ArtCenter faculty member in the Humanities & Sciences department.
“We organized this union for transparency around issues like hiring, salary, raises, and promotions,” adds Kim Fisher, a part-time faculty member in Fine Arts. “Too many part-time faculty members have been waiting on fair wages for years. Some haven’t had a raise in ten years. It’s time for things to change.”
CFT President Jeff Freitas acknowledged the vote in a statement.
Founded in 1930, the ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. With a current enrollment of over 2,000 students, ArtCenter offers eleven undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide array of industrial design, visual and applied arts disciplines, as well as minors for undergraduate students in Business, Creative Writing, and Social Innovation. In total, there are approximately 700 full-time and part-time faculty in the bargaining unit, the ArtCenter Faculty Federation.