ArtCenter administration is deeply committed to ensuring our faculty continue to have a voice in how our College operates and a role in designing, implementing and leading change.

Our Philosophy

ArtCenter administration supports our faculty’s right to choose whether they wish to be represented by a union. We also support faculty’s right to speak and organize for or against union representation. If, through the election process, ArtCenter faculty choose union representation, we will respect that decision and work in good faith and partnership with the union.

It is our strong preference, however, to maintain a direct working relationship with our faculty. We believe this is central to fostering ArtCenter’s unique mission and continuing to improve our workplace culture. Being able to communicate directly about working conditions, including compensation and benefits, and workplace policies and practices, allows us to be both agile and flexible in responding to issues raised. Our current direct working relationship has produced a strong track record of shared governance and of valuing, respecting, and acting on the concerns and recommendations of our faculty.

ArtCenter administration is deeply committed to ensuring our faculty continue to have a voice in how our College operates and a role in designing, implementing and leading change.  We are concerned that working through a union — especially through a union that has limited understanding of small, private art and design institutions like ours — could change a culture that we all value and that makes ArtCenter special. To be clear, unions play an important role in our society, giving voice to workers who have none. But this is not the case at our College, which has a culture rooted in open communication, collaboration, and mutual respect.