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Second Class Citizen No More: Adjunct Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against His Own Union

Washington State adjunct activist Keith Hoeller has filed an unfair labor complaint against his college employer and his union affiliate, as well.

by P.D. Lesko Last week, adjunct faculty activist Keith Hoeller, co-founder of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association and the Editor of Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System (Vanderbilk Press, 2014), filed an unfair labor complaint with the Washington State Public Employee Relations Commission against his college employer, as well as  United Faculty Coalition, […]

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Adams State U Prez Bans “Disruptive” Adjunct Activist From Campus

In response to slow and low pay for adjunct faculty, Danny Ledonne has spoken out about alleged violations in the Colorado Fair Pay Act by Adams State University.

by P.D. Lesko “Your presence on campus presents a concern to the campus community; is disruptive and/or you have been previously warned that such behavior will not be tolerated. Your alleged behavior is deemed to be detrimental to the well-being of the institution and/or incompatible with the function of the University.” The excerpt above comes […]

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DC Adjuncts Aiming to Bargain Unprecedented Citywide Contract


George Washington University adjuncts and their D.C. colleagues could earn more if they succeed in creating a city-wide contract, which local faculty leaders have proposed for the past two years. Adjunct professors’ plans to negotiate a city-wide contract have dragged on because leaders must first wait for adjunct faculty at every university to form unions. But they […]

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SEIU Leads Push to Unionize St. Louis, Mo. Adjunct Faculty


By Koran Addo Nine months out of the year, Andrew Nelson works about 50 hours a week, driving his 1995 Mazda on either 50- or 100-mile round trips every weekday to his college teaching gigs at Lindenwood University in St. Charles and East Central College in Union. He gets paid just $22,000 a year combined […]

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At Community College, President’s Pay, Perks and P-Card Charges Have Faculty Up In Arms


At a Michigan community college which employs hundreds of adjuncts in order to keep down costs, a new budgeting strategy which the president says aligns spending with the college’s strategic priorities has faculty up in arms. The college’s latest budget ups funding for instruction and instructional support by 1.4 percent while funding for student aid […]

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Days After U-M’s President Schlissel Starts Job, Feds Launch Title IX Investigation into Sexual Violence at Brown U. Where He Was Provost

Dr. Mark Schlissel, former Brown Provost and U-M's 14th president

by P.D. Lesko In April 2014, Brown U. was in an uproar. There were protests about the “bungled” handling of a student rape hearing. Media described the protests as having provoked a “nationwide uproar.” Meanwhile on April 17 in Ann Arbor, U-M Regents feted Dr. Mark Schlissel and awarded him a $2 million lab. There […]

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In Texas, College Officials Claim PTer Health Care Too Costly—Cut Course Loads Instead

Full-time faculty at El Paso Community College pay nothing for their health insurance.

By David Crowder The figures aren’t in yet and it’s a story that is just starting to be told: full-time workers forced into part-time work and part- timers’ hours cut sharply because of the Affordable Care Act. Standing behind the cash register, the manager of an El Paso Taco Cabana talked freely about how all […]

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Michigan Faculty Union Contract Protects $100K+ Pay For FTers & Cuts Adjunct Pay


In 2010, union President Frederick van Hartesveldt III told Grand Rapids Community College trustees, “We have become GRAC — Grand Rapids Adjunct College.” Van Hartesveldt said the college had about 260 full-time professors, but 940 adjunct instructors. The full-timers covered 4,470 contact hours — time spent before students — while part-timers covered 4,620, about 51 percent. Shortly after speaking […]

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Letters to the Editor

Six Years and Counting I have been subscribing to Adjunct Advocate for almost six years. In that time, I have taught at four different institutions, been fired (like clockwork) at the end of every semester, and rehired (like more clockwork) at the beginning of the next semester. I have put over 80,000 miles on my […]

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The Future of Online Education Parts I & II


By Rich Russell   PART I: The Machine Never Stops My mom said to me recently, “In twenty-five years, none of this [waving arms about to indicate college building] will exist.” We were sitting in her office at the place where she has taught for twenty-five years now; where I have taught, as an adjunct, […]

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