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Lecturers Kickoff Contract Negotiations with National Adjunct Day of Action


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. (Click here for more on social security)
  • 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.
  • UC is increasingly using non-bargaining unit job titles for teaching positions to avoid the benefits of the union representation. e.g. non-student tutor.

UPTE Solidarity.jpgMedia from National Adjunct Walkout Day featuring UC-AFT 

Radio interview on KPFA's Up Front program  w/ quote from Larissa Dorman @ minute 6:15 and interview with Michelle Squitieri @ minute 19:50

Walking Out, Teaching In, and Puppeteering  CHE Vitae  w/ Chris Hables Gray

UCSC Lecturers hold demonstration for better benefits  KION News w/ Roxi Power

Adjuncts deem day of protest a success  Inside Higher Ed w/ UC-AFT Local Prez Roxi Power

Professors and Students Protest Low Wages  UCSD Guardian w/ Larissa Dorman

Unions can fix the crisis facing adjunct professors  Al Jazeera (Featuring UC-AFT)


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Fair Benefits -- Stable Employment -- Respect

Photo by Fred Lonidier