February 15th, 2015
Robert Yoshioka has chartered a bus to carry 60 part-time faculty
from the campus of Butte College, in Oroville, CA, to the state capitol
on February 25th, but he’s not sure how many protestors will be there to
march when the bus arrives.
Yoshioka, a representative of the California Part-Time Faculty
Association, is one of many who are agitating for better wages and
greater job security for adjunct, part-time, and contingent faculty, who
often don’t know whether they’ll be hired back until a few weeks before the semester starts. But as he and his fellow activists prepare for a National Adjunct Walkout Day
on February 25th—the first nationwide protest of its kind—he is running
into a problem: It’s hard to organize a loose collection workers who
are hired and fired at will. “The problem is that part-timers as a
group…it’s a revolving door,” he said.