In Alleged Breach of Policy, University of Montana Sends Notice of Non-Renewal to 40 Lecturers

In Alleged Breach of Policy, University of Montana Sends Notice of Non-Renewal to 40 Lecturers

by Keila Paller The University of Montana has sent letters notifying an estimated 40 lecturers that their contracts will end on Dec. 31, 2017. In the letter, Provost Beverly Edmond said individuals who do not have tenure “have no expectation to reappointment or renewal.” “Per University Policy 350, the purpose of this letter is to […]

SEIU-Affiliated Adjunct Union Pushes Siena College for Almost $5K per Course in First Contract

SEIU-Affiliated Adjunct Union Pushes Siena College for Almost $5K per Course in First Contract

Non-tenure-track faculty at Siena College voted to form a collective bargaining unit affiliated with Service Employees International Union in June 2015. The vote was 86 to 27 among adjuncts and 16 to 5 among visiting professors. Siena is the second New York campus in a week to approve an SEIU-affiliated adjunct union, after Ithaca College. […]

Pittsburgh FT Faculty Threaten Strike and Adjuncts Organized by United Steelworkers Say They Won’t “Pick up the Slack”

Pittsburgh FT Faculty Threaten Strike and Adjuncts Organized by United Steelworkers Say They Won’t “Pick up the Slack”

by Colin DeppenMore than a year after they began, contract talks between Point Park officials and the university’s unionized full-time faculty remain ultimately fruitless. In response, university officials this week placed an ad seeking temporary faculty to fill the void in the event of a work stoppage, as thePittsburgh Business Times first reported.But if push comes […]

When Social Media Posts Cost Adjuncts Their Teaching Jobs

When Social Media Posts Cost Adjuncts Their Teaching Jobs

Run-ins with students who then complained used to be one of the main reasons adjunct faculty found themselves out of work. However, with the growing reach of social media, adjunct faculty who take to Twitter and Facebook to express their opinions have been targeted for dismissal from their teaching jobs, as well, including adjuncts protected by union contracts.

State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

by Tom Nobile More than 10,000 employees at nine state colleges and universities have been working without a contract since July 2015. Staff and students at Ramapo College and Montclair State University held New Orleans’-style funeral marches last week, part of a statewide protest calling for a new contract for employees at nine state colleges and universities. […]

ABA Considers Rule Change That Would Open Door to More Adjunct-Taught Classes in Law Schools

ABA Considers Rule Change That Would Open Door to More Adjunct-Taught Classes in Law Schools

by Karen Sloan | Law.com The American Bar Association is considering deep-sixing a rule requiring full-time faculty to teach at least half of every law school’s upper-level courses—a proposal likely to ruffle the feathers of professors who fear it would allow schools to essentially outsource the second and third year to adjuncts. Eliminating the requirement […]

Vanderbilt U. Non-Tenure Track Faculty Launches Petition to Unionize

Vanderbilt U. Non-Tenure Track Faculty Launches Petition to Unionize

by Sam Zern After a failed compromise with the university, the petition will move to the National Labor Relations Board for a final decision In November, a group of Vanderbilt non-tenured faculty members approached Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205 looking for help in organizing a collective bargaining unit composed of full and part […]

NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union

NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union

By Bill Schackner The United Steelworkers on Tuesday implored Duquesne University to stop resisting its now-organized adjunct faculty, buoyed by the latest National Labor Relations Board ruling that campus officials must recognize those members’ collective bargaining rights. The union called it sad that almost five years have passed since those part-time instructors voted in 2012 […]

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