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New Hampshire Adjuncts Snub AAUP, AFT and NEA & Unionize With SEIU

Adjunct professors at Plymouth State University (PSU) announced on Tuesday they have filed for an election at the Public Employees Labor Relations Board, which is the first step in forming a collective bargaining unit. The question on the ballot is whether the faculty is for or against organizing and becoming a part of a union — The State Employees Association (SEA).

If the majority of adjunct faculty members are in favor of organizing into a union, they will be able to negotiate with the administration as a unified body, rather than on an individual basis. Approximately 250 adjunct faculty members fall within this category and represent the majority of the teaching staff at the university.

Adjunct faculty members do not enjoy the same compensation, benefits, and protections as full time faculty, even if they are teaching a full course load. In making the announcement, the SEA said most of the PSU adjuncts are currently living at or below the poverty line. At one time, they out-earned their peers at Keene State College. However, since the adjuncts at Keene State organized in 1993, they now earn up to $500 more per credit than adjuncts at Plymouth State.

“Now is the time

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