The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 11th, 2014
The American Federation of Teachers announced on Friday that it was
teaming up with a nonprofit organization for independent workers to
provide colleges’ contingent faculty members with access to health
insurance and other benefits.
Benefits offered by the new partnership—between
the AFT and the Freelancers Union, which serves a wide range of
independent workers—will be open to all contingent faculty members at
American colleges, whether or not they belong to the AFT. The deal will
enable them to tap into a web portal with access to both AFT and
Freelancers Union programs and services, including health, dental,
liability, disability, and life insurance offered by the Freelancers
Union through a benefits platform established last month.
"This partnership provides access to much-needed benefits contingent
faculty wouldn’t otherwise have, as well as access to information,
resources, and supports to improve their lives and professions," Randi
Weingarten, the AFT’s president, said on Friday in a written statement
announcing the new collaboration. Contingent faculty members will have
access to the new web portal beginning this fall.