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Adjuncts are forming unions in New York State

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Adjunct faculty are caught up in this crisis in higher education. Our precarious positions, low levels of compensation, lack of benefits, lack of institutional support for research and scholarship, and our exclusion from the governance of our institutions limit our academic freedom and endanger our profession.

Yet, as part-time faculty, we are the majority of all teaching faculty at most colleges and universities. Unless we take action, the trend toward a marginalized adjunct faculty will continue unabated.

We have the power to do something about this situation. We are joining our efforts with other adjunct faculty in New York State and a larger nationwide movement to reform higher education and reclaim our profession.


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3/25/15  Well put – adjunct Carmen Maria Machado shares her story in a piece in the New Yorker.

2/25/15  St. Rose adjuncts participate in a nationwide day of collective action to raise standards in higher ed. Read the Times Union Story “Professors, but Members of the Underclass.”

2/7/15  Adjunct leaders from NYS and VT talk strategy at an Adjunct Faculty Symposium, read about it in the Times Union.

2/4/15  The High Cost of Adjunct Living: Upstate New York – a report by SEIU Local 200United.

1/20/15  Ithaca College adjuncts are coming together to form a union; read their public letter here.

10/14/14  Support contingent faculty in the capital region who are reforming higher ed by forming unions – sign the petition!

9/22/14  College of Saint Rose adjuncts vote overwhelmingly to join Adjunct Action/SEIU! Read more from the Albany Times Union and the Troy Record.

7/16/14  Adjuncts at The College of Saint Rose find support in their community from the Mayor of Albany, the City Council, the County Legislature, the County Executive, a State Assembly Member and a State Senator, community group Citizen Action, Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, the faculty union UUP, and the Capital District Area Labor Federation.

4/29/14  Marist College adjunct faculty have filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board. Read more here.

4/19/14  Sign a petition in support of adjunct faculty at Marist college as they join together to form a union. Click here to sign.

2/6/14  Higher Ed Faculty Staffing in the Hudson Valley: By the Numbers.

2/3/14  New York NOW — Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen? NPR reporter Claudio Sanchez reports on “cheap labor” on college campuses as a congressional report says the shift to contingent labor has “created a lot of tension on campus.”

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