A group of adjunct and nontenure-eligible faculty members at Northwestern University filed a union election petition Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board.
The group is seeking to be represented by the Service Employees International Union, which recently unsuccessfully sought to represent student athletes at the school.
But the union has had more luck on the faculty side — winning elections within the past six months to represent faculty at Loyola University and the University of Chicago.
Marcia Grabowecky, who teaches in the school's psychology department, says part-time faculty make only about $4,000 per class and have no job security or benefits.
A university spokesman declined comment on the unionization effort.