February 3, 2016—Lecturer in Law Victor Narro was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article discussing how non-tenure-track faculty at two USC schools—the Roski School of Art and Design and the USC International Academy—approved a plan to unionize. However, non-tenure-track faculty members at USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences rejected the effort to unionize.
Victor Narro said he wasn't surprised the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) fell short of a clean sweep with all three schools, especially since USC is a private school that faces less pressure from unions than do public universities. But non-tenured faculty at Dornsife and other USC schools may be more amenable to unionization in the future, especially if the SEIU delivers results at Roski and the International School.
“The union may have laid a good foundation,” he said. “If they negotiate a good first contract, maybe more faculty will be interested next year.”