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While Adjunct Activists Criticize Unified Locals, Temple U. PTers Vote to Join FT Faculty Union

Philadelphia Magazine reported on Dec. 2 that the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board “tallied secret ballots cast by adjunct faculty at Temple in an election earlier this fall, and those faculty are now represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals, the union that previously represented only full-time faculty.”

Adjuncts at Temple had protested in favor of such unionization at rallies on the school’s North Broad Street main campus and at City Hall. The college’s non-tenured faculty also took to Twitter to make the case for the school’s 1,400 part-time faculty members to join forces with the full-time faculty members.

Adjunct activists have long complained that there exists an inherent conflict of interest when part-time and full-time faculty are represented within the same union local. Last month, AdjunctNation reported that Washington State adjunct activist Keith Hoeller filed an unfair labor complaint against his own union.

Hoeller explained the reason for his complaint: “The anti-union animus complaint documents the retaliation I have faced as a result of engaging in union-protected activities such as organizing adjuncts, publicizing working conditions, filing grievances, and seeking information from my union. The interference claim may well be the first of its kind in the nation.  I

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