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Efforts grow to unionize part-time faculty at colleges

Part-time faculty at several Boston-area colleges, frustrated by low pay and emboldened by their growing ranks, are taking steps to unionize amid an emerging national movement to give adjunct professors the chance to negotiate better working conditions and benefits.

The broad campaign, spearheaded locally by the Service Employees International Union, successfully unionized adjunct faculty at Tufts University last month, and on Tuesday a vote to unionize at Bentley University lost by just two votes. Organizers have also reached out to part-time faculty at Northeastern and Lesley universities, among other schools.

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