Loyola Marymount University Faculty Union

NTT Faculty do most of the teaching at LMU. Yet we endure short-term contracts, job insecurity, and minimal opportunities to advance at the university. What is more, our wages make it difficult to survive in one of the most expensive regions in the United States—so many of us take other jobs to make ends meet. And we lack access to the time and funds that are necessary for completing our research and other academic work that helps us grow in our professions. Many of us have given years—sometimes decades—of service under these conditions. No worker should live with this precarity, and all educators should have the chance to grow. Read our letter to fellow faculty members.

Why We're Organizing

Dear LMU Colleagues – A Letter From The Organizing Committee

Dear Colleagues, We’re writing to tell you about our campaign to improve working conditions for non-tenure track faculty (NTT Faculty) at LMU. NTT Faculty do most of the teaching at LMU. Yet we endure short-term contracts, job insecurity, and minimal opportunities to advance at the university. What is more, our … Read More

LMU NTT Faculty Union Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we organizing? LMU non-tenure-track faculty are coming together to address the crisis in higher education. Non-tenure-track faculty teach the majority of LMU classes, yet we face low levels of compensation, poor benefits, lack of institutional support for research and scholarship, and exclusion from governance. By coming together to … Read More

LMU NTT Faculty: See Our Letters of Support from Union Faculty, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders!

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) non-tenure track (NTT) faculty: We’re proud to have support for our union campaign from elected officials, community leaders, and unionized NTT faculty across the country! Our supporters know that we need a change. As part of a nationwide trend, LMU has reduced tenure-track positions in favor … Read More

Los Angeles Loyolan: To be pro-union is to be pro-student

Last fall, non-tenure-track faculty at LMU went public with their organizing drive, hoping to join the ranks of unionized faculty at colleges and universities across the country, including fellow Jesuit universities Fordham University and Santa Clara University. There is a crisis in U.S. higher education: an often-crippling tuition is coupled … Read More

Our Response to Provost Poon

We’re writing in response to Provost Poon’s “NTT Faculty Unionization Campaign Update” email from November 20, 2023. Although we are grateful for the provost’s candor and recognition that Non-Tenure Track Faculty (NTT Faculty) have a right to form a union, we are disappointed to learn that the administration does not … Read More

LMU Digital Toolkit

In order to grow our Loyola Marymount University NTT Faculty union, we need to be proud and public. An easy way to spread our message is through our existing social media channels. We’ve put together a social toolkit with helpful graphics that you can post to your channels to explain … Read More

Los Angeles Loyolan: Students must support the non-tenure-track unionization effort

On Nov. 3, 30 non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty announced an effort to unionize, distributing a letter calling for their colleagues to join them in establishing an NTT union at LMU. They outlined grievances with pay, academic freedom and job stability, echoing the issues that led to an earlier unionization effort in … Read More

Los Angeles Loyolan: Non-tenure track faculty declare unionization effort

A group of non-tenure track (NTT) faculty members distributed a letter on Nov. 3 announcing their effort to unionize. This public gesture by the LMU NTT Faculty Organizing Committee marks the first serious attempt at a non-tenured faculty union in a decade. Containing 30 NTT faculty signatures, the letter sent … Read More

“I’m imagining what a University organized around collective liberation would look like and I believe that working together in support of our needs is an important step towards that.”
Iris Blake
Visiting Assistant Professor
Women & Gender Studies

“As a proud member of the California Faculty Association (the CSU faculty union) I have seen first-hand that collectively bargaining, not individually begging, is the best path toward achieving the fair treatment and job security we deserve here at LMU.”
Darrin Murray
Senior Lecturer
College of Communication & Fine Arts

“I support the unionization effort because NTT faculty at LMU need job security and better pay. We make this university work and we deserve to be treated with dignity. Only a union can provide this.”
Ben Radcliffe
Classics & Archeology

“An LMU education would be worth nothing without the work we do in the classroom, yet many of us find ourselves struggling to afford a decent standard of living. It’s time we came together to demand fair wages, job security, and a democratic say in our workplace.”
Bryan Wisch
Rhetorical Arts

“My father, a grade school teacher, used to say that if not for unions, my family would have starved. As a non-tenure track faculty member, I am now experiencing what it would have been like for grade school teachers to be without unions. After decades of doing things the administration’s way, it’s time for change. It’s time for a union.”
Arik Greenberg
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Theological Studies

“In spring 2023, I taught six courses across three campuses — including LMU’s — just to make ends meet. Some weeks, I worked 80 hours or more. As an NTT professor, you don’t make enough, so you must do more than what should be reasonably expected. Something must change. That’s why I support forming a union.”
Mark Gaynor
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

LMU Digital Authorization Card

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