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Just as Union Contract Set to Expire, GW Prez Announces Push to Cut PTers’ Jobs

by Janna Paramore

It took seven years for the over 1,000 adjunct faculty at George Washington University to force the college’s president to recognize their SEIU-affiliated local. Adjuncts at GW unionized in 2007 against a groundswell of administrative opposition, including a legal battle. Since then, they have negotiated three contracts to raise adjunct salaries by more than $1,300 per course.

According to the Contract Highlights posted to SEIU local 500’s website: “Part-time faculty at GW ratified their first union contract in January 2008, their second agreement in the summer of 2010, and their third in the summer of 2012. Along with the gains made below, part-time professors (adjuncts) at GW now enjoy a productive, collaborative relationship with the GW administration….”

The union’s present contract expires in June of 2016. The administration has been cutting down on some part-time faculty positions in favor of hiring full-time, tenure-track faculty members, University President Steven Knapp said. Faculty say while tenured faculty with top job security may be the most committed to GW, departments have also lost long-term adjunct faculty members through the shift.

Phd_work_for_foodThe adjunct faculty members’ most recent contract permits part-timers’ courses to be taken away from them by, “Creation of

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