Video: Adjunct union vote this week at St. Thomas

On the heels of a successful campaign to form an adjunct faculty union at Hamline University, adjuncts at St. Thomas will vote this week about whether they would also like a union. Advocates say their work at UST is not compenstated sufficiently, and that instructors face a level of uncertainty and job instability around issues like class assignments, schedules, work space, and more. As contingent labor, individual faculty members have limited power to negotiate better terms, but organizers hope that collectively they can have more influence over the terms of their employment.

  • It's been really interesting to see the unionization (or attempted unionization) of adjunct faculty spreading. I don't know where I stand on the issue, other than to say that I believe workers (particularly in this day and age) need all the protection they can get and that faculty in school are too often taken advantage of and not supported nearly enough. Thanks for publishing this story. - by Cirien Miriam on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:02pm

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