ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Adjunct faculty members at Hamline University in St. Paul have overwhelmingly approved their first contract since forming a union.
Base pay for the approximately 200 covered instructors will rise by 20 to 30 percent over two years.READ MORE: None Hurt After Shots Fired Inside Plymouth Movie Theater
The Service Employees International Union says more than 95 percent of those voting on Friday approved the contract.READ MORE: In Wake Of Winston Smith Shooting, U.S. Marshals Now Wearing Body Cameras In Minnesota
In 2014, adjuncts at Hamline became the first in Minnesota to vote to unionize as part of a national campaign by the SEIU. The union is also trying to organize around 2,500 University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty, including tenure-track professors and adjuncts.
Typically, adjuncts are paid less than tenured professors with few if any benefits. The use of adjuncts has greatly expanded in recent years as colleges and universities have sought to limit expenses.MORE NEWS: Thomas Kahlbaugh Charged In Scuffle Over Mask Mandate At School Board Meeting
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