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Tuesday Morning

I am feeling much better. Fever’s gone; I actually went out to dinner last night. This morning, I read that the adjuncts at George Washington University had finally nailed down a new contract. It has been a long, long, long, long process for those adjuncts at GW who set out to organize a union at their university. Many years ago, I got an email from a GW adjunct (I honestly can’t remember who at this point) asking for advice concerning which of the labor unions the group should affiliate with. I actually get this question a lot. Which is the best education union for part-timers? My answer is always the same: it depends. In all honestly, after years of reporting on part-timers who’ve gotten the short end of the stick from their union leaders, I have become slightly cynical.

Before anyone freaks out and forwards this post to some listserv where part-time faculty unionists will flay me alive for my lack of enthusiasm and unquestioning support of education labor unions and their work…yes, Virginia, I support unionization. I have had, however, way too many convos with both adjunct activists and temporary faculty who were in unified locals controlled by full-time

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