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Boston Conservatory Faculty Join Berklee Union


In mid-JulyBerklee Faculty Union announced that the 200-plus full-time and part-time faculty of Boston Conservatory at Berklee had joined the union. Berklee College of Music administration agreed to voluntary recognition of the faculty’s membership. During June it was confirmed that Boston Conservatory Faculty had overwhelmingly chosen to join the union. The Berklee Faculty Union has represented Berklee College of Music faculty since 1986. A member of the Massachusetts American Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4412, the union is led by an elected 15-member executive committee headed by Jackson Schultz, professor of Jazz Composition. Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory agreed to a merger in January 2016.

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