A Pyrrhic Victory? A Practical Look at the New School Adjunct Contract

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by Elizabeth J. Carter The unveiling this past November of the first-ever collective-bargaining agreement between 2,000 part-time faculty and administration at the New School was met with widespread public attention and considerable self-congratulation by both sides. Indeed, the agreement is being described in superlatives usually reserved for the likes of pro athletes and hit television shows. In a statement to Inside Higher Education, for example, Richard Boris, Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions of Hunter College at the City University of New York, called the contract “amazing”—one that will […]
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