Linking their struggle for better working conditions to student debt struggles was among the organizing strategies adjuncts discussed during a weekend conference here on non-tenure-track faculty organizing. Speakers and attendees said they anticipated difficulties, but many also expressed confidence that powerful bonds could be forged over the idea that rising tuition rates aren’t supporting a living wage for those doing much of the teaching. …
The Union-Agnostic Adjunct Agenda
Source: Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, January 30, 2013
Attempts to organize adjunct professors – a professionally diverse group of people who often can’t identify their counterparts on campus due to a kind of commuter professor status – take real effort. That’s especially true in the country’s growing number of right-to-work states, and truer still in those that ban collective bargaining for public employees. But adjunct and union advocates say that organization is possible, even in some of the country’s least union-friendly places.