Below Politico’s morning report describes Adjunct organizing today. ( Part time faculty) Of note, in the California State University system, the largest public university system in the nation, adjucts are in the faculty union. The California Faculty Association. ( NEA, SEIU). They enjoy health benefits, a measure of job security, retirement, and negotiated wages. Many of the adjuncts in the California community colleges are also covered by union contracts and have significant benefits. Being in a union helps.
ANGRY ADJUNCTS: Non-tenured faculty at colleges and universities nationwide will mark today’s National Adjunct Walkout Day with an array of events designed to call attention to their low pay and tenuous working conditions. Marches and rallies are scheduled on several campuses in the University of California system. At the University of Arizona, faculty have organized a “teach in” open to the community. And at Cleveland State University, some lecturers have canceled classes so they can hand out literature. “It’s fabulous for momentum building,” said Maria Maisto, president of the New Faculty Majority advocacy group. The demonstrations come as unions have been making progress organizing adjuncts around the country. [http://politico.pro/1D9bPV2]. The Service Employees International Union, meanwhile, has launched a bold campaign calling for adjuncts to be paid $15,000 per course, up from just a few thousand on many campuses.
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