The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 9th, 2013
Adjunct faculty members can form unions, but they will feel pressure
to speak softly at the bargaining table as long as their contingent
employment status leaves them vulnerable to retaliation, several labor
experts said at a panel discussion here on Monday.
Staged at the annual conference of the National Center for the Study
of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, the
panel discussion was titled "Challenges for Adjuncts Who Negotiate
Contracts." Fairly quickly, it emerged that one of the biggest such
challenges is simply hanging on to one's job.