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Instructors at Seattle Art Institute File for Union Recognition Today

Seattle, WA -- Today instructors at The Art Institute of Seattle filed for union recognition with the National Labor Relations Board in Seattle. They cite concerns over quality education for their students which is affected by inconsistent scheduling, job insecurity among instructors, and an overall lack of communication by the administration. (more)


Overwhelming Vote of 'No Confidence' in Interim President and Board of Trustees at Bates Tech College


April 26, 2010
For immediate release

Contact:  Sylvia Watson, 206-432-8084 (w); 206-261-3603 (c)

Tacoma, WA – Faculty at Bates Technical College today announced a vote of “NO CONFIDENCE” in interim college president, Lyle Quasim, and the college board of trustees. More than 60 percent of the 179 faculty represented by the faculty union returned their ballots. Of those voting, 95 percent voted no confidence. Faculty will be presenting their vote of no confidence at the Board of Trustees’ meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at their downtown campus, 1101 So. Yakima Ave., Tacoma 98405.


State Board Votes to Declare Financial Emergency

If Invoked, College Presidents Can Expedite Faculty Dismissals at Community and Technical Colleges

June 11, 2009

For immediate release

Contact:  Sandra Schroeder, 206-242-4777 x 8080 or 206-715-1824 (c)
State Board Votes to Declare a Financial Emergency to
Expedite Faculty Dismissals at Community and Technical Colleges

In a controversial vote, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today declared a financial emergency over the protest of faculty leaders throughout the state. A law created in 1981, RCW 28B.50.873, allows presidents at community and technical colleges to expedite the termination of full-time, tenure-track and tenured faculty and modifies some reduction-in-force processes outlined in collective bargaining agreements. This law does not apply to four-year colleges and universities. [more]


Seattle Times, "Freeway fliers" find less pay for their efforts

Sunday, 2/11/07
by Nick Perry, Seattle Times staff reporter

Dana Rush trains his telescope on the glowing clouds of hydrogen in the Orion nebula and excitedly motions some students who've stayed behind to come take a look. [read more]

It's Time to Give Adjuncts a Break

by Sandra Schroeder
Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 28, 2005

In 1998 I watched through one-way glass while a focus group discussed part-time faculty members in Washington State's community colleges. Our organization, the American Federation of Teachers, was probing to see if we could garner public support for a campaign directed at the state legislature to improve the salaries and benefits of part-time faculty members and to provide more full-time positions in Washington's community colleges. We wanted to discover what arguments were most convincing to the public. To read the full article, go to


Time for community colleges to step up for pay equity

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
By Sandra Schroeder
IT'S no secret that our state's community and technical colleges deliver high-quality education critical to expanding our work force, in particular in high-demand fields such as nursing.