In reaction to SFAI’s move to organize, SFAI administration has hired lawyer Ron Holland from the firm of Sheppard-Mullin. This firm is notorious for its union-busting activities, and gives an outline of its offerings here.
Sheppard Mullin seems to be scripting a lot of the administration’s communications with Visiting Faculty. Many of the things that administrators have told us, like “You’ll lose your autonomy if you unionize!” or “Is [insert union here] really the RIGHT union for you?” are standard union-blocking devices to create fear and mistrust among the faculty. The link above shows that this isn’t really advice or dialogue; it’s scripted anti-union fearmongering.