Friday, February 27, 2015

Part-timers make noise

Day of Protest (Inside Higher Ed)

By Colleen Flaherty and Kaitlin Mulhere

     It started as a simple question on social media: What would happen if adjuncts across the country walked out on the same day, at the same time?
     That question got answered Wednesday -- sort of -- on the first-ever National Adjunct Walkout Day. There were some big walkouts at a few institutions but, for a variety of reasons, adjuncts at many more colleges and universities staged alternative protests, such as teach-ins, rallies and talks. Still, the movement led to unprecedented levels of conversation on many campuses, in the media and elsewhere about the working conditions of the majority of college faculty (those off the tenure track). And as a result, adjunct activists declared the day a success -- while wondering what comes next….
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     Recurring themes resonate with adjuncts’ concerns nationwide: a desire for better pay, job security and respect that’s not afforded them in the current faculty “caste” system, [Robert Porter, a longtime non-tenure-track instructor of African-American, African and diaspora studies] said….

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about the no strike clause usually found in CA higher ed FA CBAs?

Roy Bauer said...

What about it? It's irrelevant. Either these people have valids complaint or they don't.
THEY DO.

Anonymous said...

But even if it's valid they cannot/should not strike.

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