SEIU Targets Adjuncts at DePaul U. in Chicago

SEIU Targets Adjuncts at DePaul U. in Chicago

by Brendan Moore DePaul could soon be at the forefront of the debate over adjunct unionization as DePaul President Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M. informed faculty last week of attempts by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to add DePaul faculty to their ranks. In an email with the subject line “Union Solicitation at DePaul,” Holtschneider […]

While Adjunct Activists Criticize Unified Locals, Temple U. PTers Vote to Join FT Faculty Union

While Adjunct Activists Criticize Unified Locals, Temple U. PTers Vote to Join FT Faculty Union

Philadelphia Magazine reported on Dec. 2 that the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board “tallied secret ballots cast by adjunct faculty at Temple in an election earlier this fall, and those faculty are now represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals, the union that previously represented only full-time faculty.” Adjuncts at Temple had protested in favor […]

The Exorcists: At Duquesne U, Admins Use Religion to Fight Unionization

The Exorcists: At Duquesne U, Admins Use Religion to Fight Unionization

by P.D. Lesko Moshe Z. Marvit is an adjunct at the Duquesne University School of Law. He has a piece posted to InTheseTimes.com is which he writes about Duquesne University’s abrupt about face in response to adjunct faculty attempts to affiliate with the United Steelworkers. Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts voted for the United Steelworkers in the summer of […]

#FairPayUChicago Targets College’s $183K Pay Gap Between FT & PT Faculty

#FairPayUChicago Targets College’s $183K Pay Gap Between FT & PT Faculty

On Oct 6, 2015, Dr. Wanda Evans-Brewer testified in front of the Chicago Education Commission:  “I am a Ph.D on welfare…there is something wrong with that!” said Dr. Evans-Brewer (pictured left, speaking) at the hearing. Tens days later, on Oct. 16, 2015 staff, graduate students and adjunct faculty rallied for a living wage at the […]

DOL Audit of Columbia College of Chicago PT Faculty Union Finances Exposes Multiple Violations

DOL Audit of Columbia College of Chicago PT Faculty Union Finances Exposes Multiple Violations

by Megan Bennett P-fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, has undertaken measures to restructure its expense reporting following a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Labor that found nearly 20 violations of recordkeeping, reporting and other financial requirements between 2013-2014, according to union President Diana Vallera. In a May 26 audit letter from the DOL’s […]

PTers in Mass. Faculty Union Win Arbitration Complaint Filed Against Their Own Union

PTers in Mass. Faculty Union Win Arbitration Complaint Filed Against Their Own Union

The union representing Massachusetts’ community college professors has been ordered by an independent arbitrator to uphold the results of a March 2015 statewide election for two adjunct representatives to its board. The Massachusetts Community College Council represents nearly 1,600 full time and more than 4,000 adjunct professors teaching at the state’s 15 community colleges. The […]

Why We Decided To Form An Adjunct Union at Our Community College

Why We Decided To Form An Adjunct Union at Our Community College

by Luke Niebler On my first day teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, I was wracked with the normal anxieties of a new college instructor: What if the students don’t like me? What if my lesson plan falls apart? Where exactly is the copy machine? What if my hair looks stupid? […]

AAUP and California U Faculty Associations Join Forces (With No Mention of Adjuncts)

AAUP and California U Faculty Associations Join Forces (With No Mention of Adjuncts)

The AAUP and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) are joining forces in defense of academic freedom , shared governance and the economic security of those who teach and conduct research. The press release, below, has no mention of adjunct, contingent or part-time faculty. The following is the text of a media release […]

University of La Verne Adjuncts’ NLRB Complaints Dismissed for Lack of Merit

University of La Verne Adjuncts’ NLRB Complaints Dismissed for Lack of Merit

by Imani Tate A union’s failed attempt to organize University of La Verne adjunct professors has prompted increased dialogue and let university officials resume projects that had to be halted when the union began its organizing efforts on the main campus last fall. On Aug. 1, the national office of the National Labor Relations Board formally […]

DC Adjuncts Aiming to Bargain Unprecedented Citywide Contract

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 […]