The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 16th, 2015
The National Adjunct Walkout Day planned for February 25
is an effort by adjunct and part-time faculty members to raise
awareness of working conditions and lower pay compared with those of
their full-time faculty counterparts. It follows some high-profile adjunct organizing wins
by the Service Employees International Union at a host of colleges,
including, most recently, Washington University in St. Louis.
It also comes on the heels of a surprising and important ruling
by the National Labor Relations Board related to Pacific Lutheran
University. That decision opens the door to union organizing not only
among adjuncts but also for full-time faculty members who have
historically been viewed as members of management. Colleges are perhaps
more vulnerable now to organizing drives and pressure to improve the
working conditions of their faculty members than they have ever been.