Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thirty-one percent of part-time faculty are living near or below the federal poverty line.

College tuition has skyrocketed. So have the salaries of administrators. How do American universities get away with treating contingent faculty members so poorly?

Caroline Fredrickson writes:

While some schools like Georgetown have accepted unions without too much fuss, others have adopted the tactics long used by anti-labor businesses: falsely accusing labor officials of earning exorbitant salaries, hiring law firms that specialize in union busting, and firing those involved in the campaign. But many adjuncts are committed to the fight. Tiffany Kraft, who teaches at four different institutions in the Portland, Oregon, area says, “What do we have to lose? We’ve been scared into complicity for so long, but I didn’t go through fourteen years of higher education to be treated like shit.”

The story, titled "There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts," is in The Atlantic.

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