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.
Lots of people have been writing about Michael LaCour, the graduate student who falsified data in a paper that appeared in the journal, Science. Many of the writers have focused on LaCour’s ethics. Others question the professionalism of LaCour’s co–author, Donald Green, a respected and influential political scientist, wondering why Green did not catch the fabrications. … Continue reading Integrity and scarcity in the academic labor market
To $16/hour, with an additional 0.5% bump for those whose pay is below $34,000/year. Separately, pay for part-time faculty has increased from $3500/class in 2013-2014 to $4000/class this year. The university continues its efforts to recover from the negative press following the death of longtime Duquesne part-time faculty member Margaret Mary Vojtko…both by these positive … Continue reading Duquesne Raises Minimum Wage, Continues Union-Busting
Is the US economy undergoing a “reset”? Economist Tyler Cowen thinks so, citing the “smooth” shift to non-tenure track faculty in higher education as an example. This “smooth” shift would be news to the majority of teachers in higher education, who now work part time, 25% of whom depend on public assistance to survive. Cowen calls … Continue reading Part-Time Faculty and the Wider Economy
After a 22-hour bargaining session, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the University of Oregon reached a contract agreement on Dec. 10 that brought an end to an eight-day strike by the graduate employees.
AFT members in Oregon wish part-time faculty a the Community College of Allegheny good luck as they vote to have a union.