On February 25, in solidarity with National Adjunct Day of Action, UC-AFT held events on several campuses to raise awareness about the affects of contingent employment on the quality of education at UC. UC-AFT and UC begin negotiations this week over the full Unit 18 non-Senate faculty MOU. Many of the issues we raised on Feb 25 are central to improvements we will be working toward in contract negotiations:
- About 65% of UC lecturers are employed part-time and many would accept additional courses if offered by their department.
- Only about one third of lecturers at UC have the relative security of a continuing appointment.
- Roughly 2000 part-time lecturers at UC are facing serious retirement insecurity because they do not receive Social Security benefits and they are not eligible for the UC pension fund.
- Very few departments at UC allow lecturers to attend faculty meetings, and almost none allow lecturers to vote on curricular decisions and other matters affecting their students.
Read more to see pictures and media coverage of UC-AFT National Adjunct Walkout Day events.