Students at the University of La Verne recently showed their support for adjunct faculty by painting a large rock in the middle of campus. No, this wasn’t a case of student activism leading to vandalism; rock painting is a tradition for student groups at ULV, and has been considered a great form of social expression. The messages on the painted rock exemplify the growing awareness and support for adjunct faculty’s efforts to win a union with SEIU/Adjunct Action.Continue Reading...
The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution in support of adjunct professors yesterday, calling for colleges and universities in the LA area to support their adjunct faculty given their significant role in academia, and to also allow them to unionize without interference. The resolution was introduced by Councilman Paul Koretz. Below is the full text of the resolution. Continue Reading…
“Mr. Shimer was once asked on a Friday to teach a new course starting the following Monday, and told to come early that day to pick up the textbook. Ms. Shimer once had a class she was counting on canceled shortly before the first class. Like most part-time instructors, they have neither job security nor health benefits. But what pulled Mr. Shimer into the union campaign was the lack of an office.”
Click here to read the rest of the New York Times article on SEIU and Adjunct Action’s efforts to organize adjunct faculty.
Adjunct Action/SEIU wants to help Members of Congress to get a picture of what’s really going on on campus and how it affects higher education. Over the next month, Adjunct Action is collecting stories from contingent faculty, and the stories will be personally delivered to Representative Miller by contingent faculty in a show of strength of the adjunct community. Stories must be submitted by December 20th.Continue Reading...
Here’s a compilation of papers, presentations, and power points from the SEIU Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor Conference, held from November 15 to 17 in Washington, DC. More research will be added as it is submitted.
Check here for updates from SEIU Local 500′s “Action on the Academy: Integrated Strategies, Imaginative Agitation, and Creative Solutions to the Crisis in Higher Education” Coalition of Academic Labor conference. We will post as many of the power points and papers referenced during the conference as we can.
SEIU Local 500′s Coalition of Academic Labor’s conference, “Action on the Academy: Integrated Strategies, Imaginative Agitation, and Creative Solutions to the Crisis in Higher Education,” will be held this Friday through Sunday at SEIU Headquarters in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.local500calconference.org. Follow #CALConference on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
LOS ANGELES – Adjunct faculty teaching at the University of La Verne (ULV) and Whittier College have filed petitions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to form a union with Adjunct Action/SEIU and join a growing movement working to improve the future of higher education.
“There has been a real need to address the inequities that adjunct faculty face for a long time,” said Fatima Suarez, an adjunct professor in Anthropology and Sociology at ULV. “We are excited for the opportunity to form a union and win a real voice and a better future for ourselves and our students.”
We’ll be providing live updates from the Los Angeles Adjunct Symposium tomorrow, as adjuncts gather to plan organizing efforts in LA. Featured speakers include Lilian Taiz, PhD, president of the California Faculty Association and Gary Rhoades, PhD, director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Educational Policy Studies & Practice at University of Arizona in Tucson.