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NYU Adjunct Faculty Vote to Strike

(left to right) ACT-UAW Local 7902 President Emily Barnett with members Miriam Frank, Diane Rubino, Mary Helen Kolisnyk, and Elliot Markson outside the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

The ACT-UAW Local 7902 — a union made up of adjunct professors from NYU and the New School — has negotiated with and made proposals to the NYU administration for nine months regarding health benefits, equitable pay and compensation, among other grievances. The union recently held a vote to see how many of its members were in favor of authorizing a strike against the university and 94 percent of the union’s 2,500 members voted in favor of the strike.

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Supreme Court Could Hear Second Legal Challenge to Forced Agency Fees Paid by Tens of Thousands of Adjunct Union Members

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There is a case pending in the Seventh Circuit, Janus v. AFSCME, in which three Illinois state employees argue they shouldn’t have to pay “fair share” union dues. Whether it’s that case or another, most of the jurists President Trump has proposed would at least be open to the arguments against mandatory dues, Pell said.

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Ithaca College Adjunct Union Mulls Spring Strike Over Pay

According to a report published by the Human Resources office at IC, approximately 41 percent of the faculty at the college is made up of contingent members. Part-time professors are paid $1,400 per credit hour. (Photo: Alyvia Covert)

by Alyvia Covert The cold wind and beginning flurries Thursday afternoon did not prevent contingent faculty members at Ithaca College from rallying outside the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, as they called in unison: “equal pay for equal work.” In May 2015, part-time faculty at the college passed a vote to form a union in an attempt […]

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Michigan Adjunct Files Court Injunction Against Faculty Contract That Cuts Pay

“It does not seem like we (adjuncts) are represented adequately,” said Nathan Sneller, adjunct professor of mechanical design at GRCC. “We only get half a vote. We can’t carry more than one absentee vote with us. The schedule is very conducive to full-time faculty members for showing up and very difficult for adjuncts.”

by Kayla Tucker A Grand Rapids Community College adjunct professor filed a court injunction at the Kent County 17th Circuit Court to stop the Board of Trustees from ratifying a new faculty contract that will decrease the pay of some adjunct professors. The judge was not able to review the injunction before the meeting, so the […]

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1,300+ Kent State Adjuncts Rebuffed by AFT/NEA/AAUP Affiliate With United Steel Workers

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by Alex Delaney-Gesing Traci West doesn’t teach film courses in Kent State’s Journalism and Mass Communication program for the money. She teaches because it’s what she wants to do with the rest of her life. “I love what I do — I really do. I love being able to talk film with my kids,” she said. […]

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Adjunct Unions in the World of Catholic Higher Ed

Ben Stork speaks at a union rally at Seattle University April 14. (SEIU Local 925)

by Menachem Wecker When Ben Stork applies for full-time teaching jobs, the adjunct film studies professor knows his résumé lands in voluminous piles. “When I’m granted a rejection letter, it almost always comes with the first line, ‘We received between 300 and 500 applications for this position,’ ” he said. “That gives you a sense […]

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Part-Timers at This School Now Get a $1,000 Kill Fee for Cancelled Classes

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A contract between Champlain College and its unionized part-time professors was ratified and released Monday. Champlain adjuncts have been unionized with the Service Employees International Union since last year. The union and the college have been hashing out a contract for months, and after a 10-hour negotiation session that went late into the night Aug. 24 they struck an […]

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LIU-Brooklyn Faculty Lockout: Why Americans Don’t Care

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by P.D. Lesko From The Atlantic (Monthly) to the Pacific, newspapers, magazines, online education news sites, columnists, bloggers, pundits, activists, unionists, Facebook friends and Tweeps worked the “Je Suis Charlie” angle hard on behalf of the 400 faculty whom the President of Long Island University-Brooklyn (LIU-Brooklyn) locked out for 12 days in response to a […]

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Contract Faculty Union Says Members Are “Free to Negotiate Individually for Better Terms”

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by Max Moran As the newly formed adjunct and contract-faculty union prepares for its fourth bargaining round with Brandeis University this month, officials on both sides say the negotiations thus far have been a positive experience. But the University has frozen wages and benefits for bargaining unit professors until a contract is reached, and the faculty union […]

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

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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 […]

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