Friday, October 17, 2014

22 States Where Adjunct Faculty Are Organizing for Justice

In These Times
October 17th, 2014

A wave of organizing is sweeping contingent faculty. Below, a list of current campaigns in 22 states and D.C. shows how far and wide this wave has spread.
The new thing is the Metro Strategy, where multiple institutions are targeted at once so a whole regional workforce becomes unionized. This takes advantage of how contingent (also known as adjunct) faculty members typically commute among various campuses, facing equally bad working conditions everywhere they go.
The goal is a master contract for the workforce. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is taking the lead in this, but other unions are stepping up, too.

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