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Adding Insult to Injury: Not Paying Incapacitated Adjuncts

Earlier this year I almost lost a large part of my annual income. It all took place in a handful of seconds. What happened? I fell in the shower. My descent into bathroom hell came without warning. I was thinking about too many things, not focusing on my entry into my bathtub. In a blink of an eye, I was falling, but instincts interceded and I was able to break my fall with my foot and shoulder. I came away with only a very painful broken toe. Such events are not that an unusual an occurrence in American homes. However, for adjunct faculty, it can be a financial backbreaker. Had the fall been worse and I had serious damage to my body, my ...

Fordham non-tenure track faculty and administration sign landmark agreement to hold a fair union election

Great news! Fordham Faculty United has reached an agreement with Fordham University administration for a free and fair union election process! With this breakthrough, Fordham faculty have the opportunity to join thousands of faculty nationally who have joined together in SEIU in the past few years. Since May, the Fordham administration and SEIU Local 200United have worked cooperatively to develop a fair election policy and have agreed to Fall election dates set by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “This is a great day,” said Fordham adjunct Chris Brandt. “We will at last have a union election, and the Fordham administration has ...

A New Labor Day Tradition: Commemorating Academic Labor Organizers

By Mitch Tropin, Treasurer, SEIU Local 500 Faculty Forward Contributor Labor Day is coming and I want to start a new tradition: commemorating academic labor organizers—both organizers who work for SEIU or one of its locals as well as adjunct and full-time faculty who volunteered to fight on the front lines at their colleges. This new tradition is inspired by my brothers and sisters at SEIU Local 500. I joined the Local’s Executive Board in 2015 after working on the campaign to organize adjunct faculty at Trinity University Washington, a small all-women’s college. During local meetings and events, I learned how many at the local had ...

This Labor Day is going to be a little different

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih9PYskrpr4 Labor Day is right around the corner. Normally I spend the day with my husband and children. We visit the cookouts of family and friends and soak up the last days of summer. This year is different. This year I’m confronting the politicians and corporations who have rigged the system against working people. This Labor Day I am standing with my fellow workers, some union members and some not, to fight for our nation’s future. On Labor Day, let’s stand together and show why America needs unions. Nearly 17,000 faculty and grad workers have formed unions with SEIU in the past four years. We are ...

About that student debt

1.4 trillion: That’s how many dollars of student debt Americans are facing down. And the problem is only growing. Can you sign this petition and tell Congress you support debt-free college for all? Over the last decade, states drastically cut funding for universities. College tuition increased by a third. Financial assistance for students was slashed. Investment in instruction plummeted. As an adjunct in Florida, I’ve seen my students and co-workers struggle with their student debt. Even 40 years old and greater, I have co-workers who feel frustrated and even a sense of “shame” to still be saddled with student loans they can hardly ...

Broward College is the 3rd Florida campus to join our nationwide movement

Broward College Adjuncts File for Union Election Non-tenure track, part-time faculty at Broward College announced that they filed for a union election to join the national Faculty Forward campaign to raise standards in higher education. In 2015, 67 percent of the college faculty was part-time contingent and not one of the faculty new hires that year was on the tenure track. Broward College contingent faculty continue to build support while taking an important step toward voting to join colleagues at Hillsborough Community College, who voted overwhelmingly to form a union last November, and adjuncts at the University of South Florida, who ...

Kelly’s Story: Duke Admin Shouldn’t Make Faculty Poverty a Teachable Moment

Crossposted from Duke Faculty Union's website Last night I was up all hours scrolling through Craigslist looking for food service jobs again. Even after four years on the Duke University faculty, they have yet to tell me if I’ll be back next semester and my wages are so low I don’t have the luxury to wait to find out. This year I managed to avoid taking a second job during the school year but job uncertainty and low pay mean no cushion, no way to pay the bills or put food on my own table. Looking for food service work triggers memories of waiting tables for students I’ve taught who are shocked to see me in that role. Most students don’t ...

SEIU’s Henry: Yale University must follow the law and honor graduate workers’ union

WASHINGTON—SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in support of Yale University graduate workers’ demand that administrators negotiate in good faith with their union: “When working people join together in unions, they can have a strong voice to take on an economic and political system where the rules are rigged against us by politicians who put greedy corporations' profits over the needs of working families. This is especially true in higher education where more families can’t afford to send their kids to college and many campuses refuse to recognize hard working graduate students as employees." ...

Community College Tenured Faculty Speak Out for the Future of Higher Ed

Thousands of tenured faculty members have formed unions at community colleges across the country, creating a strong voice for our students and the future of higher education. Here are a few of their stories. "As a tenured professor at Norwalk Community College, I witness my union working to reclaim, reinvest and reinvigorate higher ed —reversing decades of underfunding, outsourcing, and silencing of faculty voices. We hope you will join us in SEIU and the movement that is taking on the crisis in higher education." - Thomas Jackson, Norwalk Community College, Business Professor "In Connecticut, over 90% of our students live and work in ...

American University Graduate Student Workers Win Historic Union Election

Become First Graduate Students in Nation’s Capital to Form a Union as part of National Faculty Forward Movement to Raise Standards in Higher Education Hundreds of research assistants and teaching assistants at American University voted overwhelmingly to join Service Employees International Union Local 500, which represents thousands of employees in higher education in the Washington metropolitan area, including adjunct and contingent faculty at American University, Georgetown University, Howard University, the George Washington University, Goucher College, McDaniel College, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the University of the ...