New York Times
May 14th, 2015
The decline in unionization means that the growing ranks of working poor are finding the American Dream unattainable. And adjunct faculty are the new working poor. Twenty-five percent of adjuncts receive public assistance. But now they are unionizing in unprecedented numbers.
Adjunct faculty’s working conditions compromise students’ ability to
learn and succeed. These adjuncts are negotiating provisions to ensure
their access to instructional resources and professional development,
fees to discourage last-minute course assignment and cancellations, and
longer contracts. These provisions will better serve students.