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A New Movement is Rising—Adjunct Teachers’ Unions Spring Up Nationwide

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Share By Bob Peterson Northeastern University. Gonzaga. University of St. Thomas. Adjunct faculty are unionizing at college large and small. A revitalized teacher union movement is bubbling up in the midst of relentless attacks on public schools and the teaching profession. Over the next several years this new movement may well be the most important [...]

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Minnesota Adjuncts Move Toward Unionizing

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Share Adjunct faculty members at Macalester College have taken the first formal step to form a union, joining a national movement to organize the growing number of temporary instructors in college classrooms. On Thursday, campus organizers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election for temporary faculty members at [...]

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At Columbia College Adjunct Union Seeks To Represent Staff

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Share by Tatiana Walk-Morris An online petition aimed at gaining adjunct faculty union representation for staff members has prompted a P-Fac and administrative response about its legal implications. Staff Who Teach, a group of more than 70 full-time staff members—some of whom are members of the United Staff of Columbia College staff union and teach part-time [...]

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Boston Adjuncts Divided On Whether To Unionize

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Share The Service Employees International Union saw both a win and loss in the Boston-area this week. Adjunct faculty at Bentley University narrowly voted against joining a union within days of Lesley University’s part-time professors filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to try and form one. Lesley’s adjunct and part-time professors are looking to Tufts for inspiration. Faculty [...]

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PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States

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Share by Carol Biliczky April Freely’s part-time teaching job at the University of Akron ended in May. So she did the previously unthinkable: She filed for unemployment compensation. She’s among a seemingly growing number of part-time faculty in Ohio who are pursuing state aid after spring semester ends and before the fall one begins. The [...]

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Fresh from DC Successes SEIU Tries to Muscle Into AFT/NEA Territory in Pacific Northwest

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Share by John Gillie In a case that could set a national precedent, Pacific Lutheran University is taking legal steps this week to block the formation of a union to represent contingent faculty members at the Parkland university. The university, which has held occasional conversations for months with representatives of those temporary faculty members, has [...]

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SEIU Uses Organizing Strategy Developed in DC To Organize Boston’s PTers

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Share by Mariah Quinn “We said yes.” That was the consensus of a group of over 100 adjunct professors after a day of panels and discussions about organizing contingent faculty in the Boston metro area to raise standards for their profession. The event was held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Saturday, [...]

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When Baristas Earn More Than College Faculty

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Share Saying that their lowest-paid members make less than they would at area community colleges, about 30 Western Michigan University part-time instructors and their supporters rallied Thursday at Sprau Tower before marching around campus. “A barista at Starbucks has a better compensation package than a part-time professor with a master’s degree or a PhD,” said Thomas [...]

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Paychecks Come Late (Again) & PTers Launch Public Food Drive In Response

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Share Food drives have become increasingly common in the aftermath of the Great Recession. But the drive launched at Kalamazoo Valley Community College January 11th is a little different: People are bringing in food and gift cards, not to help out strangers in need, but their coworkers. “The full-time faculty have been wonderful. They were [...]

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After Chancellor Proposes 35 Percent Cut For PTers and 4 Percent Bump For FTers—4,265 Union Members Vote to Strike

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