January 3rd, 2015
A wave of union organizing at college campuses across California and
the nation in recent months is being fueled by part-time faculty who are
increasingly discontented over working conditions and a lack of job
At nearly a dozen private colleges in California,
adjunct professors are holding first-time contract negotiations or are
campaigning to win the right to do so. Those instructors complain of
working semester to semester without knowing whether they will be kept
on, lacking health benefits and in some cases having to commute among
several campuses to make a living.
While union activists say they
look forward to better working terms and a greater voice in how campuses
are governed, many college administrators say they are worried that
such union contracts could mean less flexibility in academic hiring and
higher tuition costs.