Inside Higher Ed
February 25th, 2015
I’m originally from Quebec, where there is a long history of strikes and walkouts, up to today. Most recently, there was the Printemps Érables (many of the links in my original post are now dead and gone. Here is some general information in English as well as an in-depth overview
– and as an aside, the Quebec history entries on Wikipedia in English
are terrible). The striking students brought down the government, but
change didn’t really happen (they’re planning to strike again this spring). But they have long recognized the power of collective action in order to bring about change, however incremental.
All of this to say that I was pretty excited to see that this year
will see a National Adjunct Walkout Day. We have been long working to
bring more visibility to adjunct issues on campus, on the ground. There
was a Campus Equity Week
where adjuncts and adjunct supporters were asked to wear red. But this
is the first time that there has been an attempt to organize a
full-scale national, nay, with campuses from Canada participating,
international day of protest around adjunct issues.