President Yager’s Response to United Academics of Philadelphia Faculty Union

September 17, 2020

Sent Sept. 10, 2020

To the University of the Arts Union Organizing Committee: 

We have received your request for voluntary recognition of a faculty union represented by United Academics of Philadelphia. In our current environment, a fair and transparent voting process is one of the most important parts of our democratic society and culture. There is nothing more precious in the United States than our right to have a secret ballot vote. Together with senior staff and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, I support the ability for each eligible faculty member to vote in a fair and transparent election and by private ballot.  

With this in mind, University of the Arts will not voluntarily recognize the faculty union, and instead encourages the organizing committee to submit appropriate documentation to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) so that a supervised election, in an appropriate voting unit, can be organized and confirmed.  

We trust our faculty as thoughtful scholars and creatives, and I support the faculty’s ability to do thorough research and make a quality decision about what they want for their future. University of the Arts’ current community of approximately 370 faculty are an integral part of not only the university’s success, but also the cultural production and success of our city. We look forward to continuing to work as a community toward our mission of advancing human creativity.  



David Yager
President & CEO