Part-Timers At Duquesne Unionize With the United Steelworkers
Six other universities in the greater Pittsburgh area have contacted the United Steelworkers to help them form unions for their adjunct instructors in the past several months, according to USW representative Jeff Cech.
The USW will not release the names of the other universities Cech said.
Duquesne liberal arts adjunct instructors have been meeting with USW since March of last year to help them form a union because they said they believe the union will help them with winning a fair contract according to Cech and a press release.
Some adjunct faculty members at Duquesne are adjunct faculty at other Pittsburgh schools and Cech said they brought the idea of forming a union to their other schools. Some of these schools contacted the USW just a few months after Duquesne did, Cech said.
Last week, the liberal arts adjuncts went public with their attempts to form a union through the USW called the Adjuncts Association of the United Steelworkers.
The liberal arts adjunct instructors said they are forming a union in order to advocate for higher wages, job security, and health care insurance benefits. The adjuncts tend to teach core classes at Duquesne, and Cech noted the adjuncts’ lack job
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