American Federation of Teachers has been trying to help change the rules on eligibility for unemployment benefits to better reflect the realities of our working lives. Here is a petition you can sign to support this effort.
Adjunct faculty are the majority of teachers in higher education now. With the new emphasis on free community college, along with talk of outcomes-based funding from the state, the question must be asked:
Are U.S. colleges and universities ready for these challenges?
You can help answer that question by participating in a new survey on adjunct professional development opportunities. Follow this link for an article giving some background, along with a link to the survey. (The survey is directed toward those in charge of faculty development, but you can take it from your point of view, as an adjunct instructor.)
Organizing For Action, President Obama’s nonprofit, recently began outreach to generate support for new rules on pay for overtime. This (of course) is great BUT won’t help any of the term-by-term contingent workers in the academic labor force. You can add comments describing YOUR work reality, by clicking on the link below. (See an example below that!)
Last week, President Obama moved to update our nation’s overtime rules —
a step that will extend overtime eligibility to nearly five million workers
and help ensure that their paychecks reflect the hard work they are already
*OFA is collecting comments on the path forward to fixing overtime
protections. Add your voice today.
From: David Milroy
Date: Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: [adj-l] Add your voice to the fight to improve overtime rules
Dear Mr President..
Millions of my contingent faculty colleagues and I are totally in favor of
fair employment and pay regulations. However for those of us who are
contingent faculty in higher education..(we are the VAST majority!!)
“over-time” means that FT faculty who are already generously paid for a
full 40-hour week..have the option of adding on 2-3-4-5-6 extra classes to
their regular approved teaching load of 15-units per week.
These are classes which would normally go to under-paid contingent faculty
who live month to month on the low pay we receive for our excellent
service. Students are short-changed when they get a FTer who “phones-it-in”
to hundreds of students per semester just to build their income up to $120K
to $200K+ per year..while contingent faculty try to survive on $10-$20K for
teaching a full load on several campuses.
Fairness needs to be fair to ALL!!!
Thank you Mr. President.
Part-time French Faculty
San Diego, CA