Inside Higher Ed
January 27th, 2015
Adjuncts sometimes say they make up higher education’s invisible
class. So an idea pitched on social media a few months ago struck a
chord: What would happen if adjuncts across the country turned that
invisibility on its head by all walking out on the same day? National
Adjunct Walkout Day, proposed for Feb. 25, immediately gained support,
and adjuncts continue to use social media and other means of
communication to plan what the protest will look like on their campuses.
Some tenure-line faculty members also have begun to pledge support, and
Canadian adjuncts recently signed on, as well.
At the same time, some unions have advised members not to participate
due to no-strike clauses in contracts or state laws that prohibit
striking among public employees. Others object philosophically to the
idea and have proposed alternative methods of highlighting concerns
about their conditions of employment. And some adjuncts worry about
being the only one on their campus to participate, or not participate.