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Kay McGowan

Member profile: From Ypsilanti to the Global Stage

Kay McGowan Adjunct professor, cultural anthropology, Eastern Michigan University Eastern Michigan University Federation of Teachers When classes at Eastern Michigan University end each spring, Kay McGowan wraps things up with her anthropology students and turns her attention to her duties at the United Nations. One of the authors of the landmark Declaration on the Rights … Continue reading Member profile: From Ypsilanti to the Global Stage

Why My Fellow Adjuncts and I Decided to Form a Union

“On July 14, 86% of my colleagues voted to form a union with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), effectively unionizing over 800 instructors across CCAC’s four campuses. And while this is only the first step before we head to the bargaining table, it represents a huge victory for academic labor and contingent faculty.” Read … Continue reading Why My Fellow Adjuncts and I Decided to Form a Union

AFT President Randi Weingarten with new AFT members at the Community College of Allegheny County

Adjuncts at Pennsylvania college vote to unionize

Adjunct faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania just turned up the volume on the conversation about job security, fair pay and other resources they need to effectively reach their students. In an overwhelming 294-64 vote finalized on July 14, they chose to join the AFT. That’s a strong 86 percent casting their … Continue reading Adjuncts at Pennsylvania college vote to unionize

We need YOU to help improve student loan servicing

It is a constant refrain at AFT meetings of all sizes – student debt is holding our country back. Even at gathering having little to do with higher ed, the stories of struggles with student loan debt start to surface, perhaps over dinner or during hallway conversations. There are a lot of themes during this … Continue reading We need YOU to help improve student loan servicing

Organize, organize, organize.

As many of you know, earlier this week the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. It does not take a law degree to understand the intent of the plaintiffs and their allies in this case, which is to starve public sector unions of the resources they need to effectively … Continue reading Organize, organize, organize.

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Six steps to debt-free college

Do all undergraduate students have access to debt-free college? Check! Does debt-free college apply to all undergraduate public institutions? Check! The Debt-Free College Checklist could help make it so. Launched on July 16 by the AFT, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Demos during the Netroots Nation 2015 conference in Phoenix, the checklist of six questions puts a fine point … Continue reading Six steps to debt-free college

Adjunct Solidarity in Pittsburgh

AFT members are sending messages of support to Adjuncts United in the Pittsburgh area.  By the middle of July, members of Adjuncts United, the part-time faculty organizing campaign at the Community College of Allegheny, will learn if they will have union representation.  About 800 part-time faculty are mailing in ballots to decide if they will … Continue reading Adjunct Solidarity in Pittsburgh

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