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Emerson chapter rocks out with lively union podcast

December 22, 2021

Takes look at “the spark behind the fire that’s still burning in the Emerson staff union.”

As contract talks begin, the Local 888 chapter at Emerson College is gearing up to offer a “Unity Unmuted” podcast series.
A test release of the podcast features an upbeat rock music introduction followed by an interview with Shaylin Hogan, the chapter’s vice president and SEIU Local 888’s secretary-treasurer. The interviewer talks about “the spark behind the fire that’s still burning in the Emerson staff union.”
For Hogan, it all started with a conversation after a burnout of a day. The solution to the problem of overwork that a co-worker offered: Join together and organize a union.
One of Hogan’s first thoughts: “It seems like a really extreme reaction to one bad day on the job.” But that soon changed as she talked to co-workers “about their daily lives in the office, and on campus — and off campus, when their supervisors were texting them at midnight or refusing to give them a day off when they were sick.”
At that point, she concluded that unionizing was more than just a good idea: “We need to do this.” Emerson staffers voted to unite with Local 888 in 2016 and then elected a contract negotiating team of about 20 members.
Now, there are about 170 clerical, technical and professional employees at Emerson who perform a variety of jobs critical to the success of the college. For a recent update, see
For more on Emerson unionizing, see and!-college-staff-take-steps-to-unite-in-local-888/.