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DC Adjuncts Aiming to Bargain Unprecedented Citywide Contract

George Washington University adjuncts and their D.C. colleagues could earn more if they succeed in creating a city-wide contract, which local faculty leaders have proposed for the past two years.

Adjunct professors’ plans to negotiate a city-wide contract have dragged on because leaders must first wait for adjunct faculty at every university to form unions. But they feel a sense of renewed energy as the University of the District of Columbia could soon unionize, leaving only two schools without unions.

KipKip Lornell (left), GW’s union president, said the contract would give adjuncts collective bargaining power to set the same base salary rate. Adjunct professors at GW say this move would put their salaries on an even playing field with their cross-town colleagues, many of whom earn more.

Adjunct faculty at Catholic and Trinity universities still have not planned votes to start unions – the last roadblocks before city-wide negotiation can begin.

Creating a D.C. union would be unprecedented, Lornell said, as it would group all of the city’s adjuncts together so universities would have a one-stop-shop when looking for someone to teach a particular class. It would also give adjunct faculty more time to learn whether they will teach a

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