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Follow UAP over the finish line to their election at Temple U.

After months of hearings, countless ill-considered statements from administrators, and thousands of conversations among contingent faculty and union activists, members of United Academics of Philadelphia are in the final days of their union recognition campaign to join the Temple Association of University Professionals and gain collective bargaining for contingent faculty at Temple University. Ballots are set … Continue reading Follow UAP over the finish line to their election at Temple U.

Friday book review: “Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education,” by Joe Berry

[Editor’s note: Joe Berry’s essential text is reviewed here by AFT Higher Ed intern Nora Callahan, who is leaving us today to start her second year at Northeastern University. Thanks, Nora, for this review and for all your good work this summer! -AP] Joe Berry brings an exciting and unique addition to the stack of … Continue reading Friday book review: “Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education,” by Joe Berry

Faculty Join Graduate Students in Rally for Better Conditions

On Wednesday, August 26, a massive group of graduate students and supporters rallied for improved graduate student working conditions at the University of Missouri. A large group of students, graduate teaching assistants, and faculty gathered and chanted in T-shirts adorned with supportive slogans in response to stagnant wages and declining working conditions. Specific grievances included … Continue reading Faculty Join Graduate Students in Rally for Better Conditions

NLRB punts on football players

Via Inside Higher Ed: “The National Labor Relations Board on Monday declined to assert jurisdiction over whether football players at Northwestern University may form a union. The action, while narrow, effectively reverses a ruling 16 months ago by the NLRB’s Chicago regional office saying that, under the National Labor Relations Act, scholarship football players at … Continue reading NLRB punts on football players

Hillary Clinton college compact tackles student debt

Got student debt? Or a kid who’s ready to go to college—if only there were more money to spend on tuition? Maybe you have a governor who keeps gouging the state budget for public higher education?   Hillary Clinton’s New College Compact addresses all of it. A centerpiece of her campaign for president, it would … Continue reading Hillary Clinton college compact tackles student debt

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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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