(KMOV.com) – Harris- Stowe State University has been certified as the first higher education institution in Missouri to unionize.
In an October 1 vote, the majority of Harris-Stowe full-time faculty voted to have the National Education Association represent them in union matters. After the vote was certified Monday morning, Harris-Stowe became the first university in Mo. to join the NEA.
Many issues lead up to the faculty vote. Faculty was concerned with low enrollment, graduation rates, and inept financial decision on the part of the Board of Governors of the university. As a member of the NEA, Harris-Stowe faculty will fight for bargaining rights pertaining to transparency, the school curriculum, and wages and benefits.
University faculty hopes that the decision to unionize will allow bargaining on the issues to begin as soon as possible with the Board of Governors.