Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Adjuncts as Entrepreneurs Recently, you published an article about adjuncts as entepreneurs. In it, you portrayed this approach to the profession as not profitable. My wife and I are adjuncts, and we earned over $70,000 last year. Neither of us has a doctorate. I earned about $45,000 and she earned about $25,000 ( because she […]

Boondoggle in California

Boondoggle in California

by P.D. Lesko IN NOVEMBER OF 2001, a San Francisco part-time faculty activist, Margaret Quan, sent me an e-mail. She wrote that during the previous month she’d attended a BayFac (college in the California Bay area) union meeting, and “The main topic for discussion was not whether or not, but how full-time faculty can benefit […]

Workaholic

Workaholic

by Shari Dinkins I ONCE SAW this notice in the San Francisco Chronicle: Workaholics Anonymous meeting. Tuesday, 8:00 pm. Church at 16th and Church Street. We understand if you can’t make it. I laughed; then I felt a small tightness in my belly. Workaholic. That’s me. And I did not go. Later I sent for […]

Getting to Know ED

Getting to Know ED

by Mark Drozdowski IT’S OFFICIALLY KNOWN as the U.S. Department of Education, but it prefersthe simple moniker “Ed.” Recently I visited Ed’s on-line pad, http://www.ed.gov>, to see what he has to offer. After all, I pay Ed’s salary. Those unfamiliar with Ed might think he’s a bit stuffy, but he’s actually rather approachable. To be sure, Ed sometimes […]

Education Union Comparison Chart: Which Education Union Fits Your Group Best?

Education Union Comparison Chart: Which Education Union Fits Your Group Best?

Adjunct Membership Growth Gains Benefits Dues AFT LARGEST ADJUNCT MEMBER-SHIP:   36,000 Membership among part-time and nontenure track faculty has grown by 6500 in the past 5 years and has expanded from community colleges to four-year colleges. BIGGEST GAINS:   Has been working on many fronts, including Campus Equity Week. Here are other examples: Washington–adjuncts […]

Heald College Agrees to Pay $3.5 Million to Settle Salary Dispute with F/T and P/T Faculty

HEALD COLLEGE HAS agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a 2-year-old class-action lawsuit alleging that it paid male instructors more than their female peers and failed to adequately pay part-time teachers. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jack Komar approved the settlement Feb. 3, calling it “fair, adequate and reasonable.” Under the settlement, female Heald […]

Lettori One Step Closer to Victory Over Italian Discrimination

Lettori One Step Closer to Victory Over Italian Discrimination

FOR YEARS THEY have been working alongside their Italian colleagues, teaching English and other languages to classes sometimes numbering 150, earning a fraction of the Italians’ salary and enjoying none of their perks. Successive court victories in their long campaign have only brought further discrimination against them, and in dozens of cases suspension or dismissal. […]

Contingent Faculty Capture Largest Number of Guggenheims in a Decade

Contingent Faculty Capture Largest Number of Guggenheims in a Decade

BETWEEN 1992 AND 2003, adjunct, part-time, full-time temporary and visiting faculty won between 3-7 Guggenheim awards each year, or about 1.5 to 3.7 percent of the total number of awards granted (180-185). This year, out of the 185 awards given to individuals throughout the United and Canada, contingent faculty captured 6.4 percent of the grants […]

Part-timers at Emerson College Get Their First Contract

Part-timers at Emerson College Get Their First Contract

THE UNION REPRESENTING part-time professors at Emerson College and the school recently reached an agreement to raise salaries by 15 to 20 percent, and help pay for the health insurance of some long-time adjuncts.The agreement is seen as a victory by union activists, who hope it will inspire part-time professors at other colleges to organize. […]

A Tale of Greed and Gluttony: The California Part-Time Faculty Equity Fund Boondoggle

A Tale of Greed and Gluttony: The California Part-Time Faculty Equity Fund Boondoggle

by Chris Cumo and P.D. Lesko Since 2001, thanks to the Part-Time Faculty Equity Pay Law, legislators in California have, yearly, earmarked $57 million dollars in tax money to go toward pay increases for the state’s 35,740 part-time faculty. Prior to the passage of the Part-Time Faculty Equity Pay Law, a typical part-timer teaching four […]