The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 6th, 2014
A breakthrough political year for advocates for adjunct instructors
appears to be ending on a down note, with only modest gains to show for
their efforts and newly diminished prospects that Congress will act to
improve adjuncts' working conditions anytime soon.
The results of this week’s elections, which will give Republicans
control of the Senate and tighten their grip on the House of
Representatives, are expected to leave Congress much less willing to
support any federal intervention in colleges’ dealings with their
employees, and much more hostile to the labor unions that provide nearly
all of the political clout contingent faculty members have.
"The political climate now is such that I don’t see any sort of
relief for adjuncts going very far in Congress," said Richard K. Vedder,
a former Congressional staff member and an emeritus professor of
economics at Ohio University who often has testified on Capitol Hill.