Support Part-Time Faculty Unionization at Washington University of St. Louis!

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Since 2008, over 21,000 adjuncts and other contingent college and university faculty throughout the country have made the decision to be part of a nationwide movement to have union representation in their workplace and change the face of higher education. Universities like Wash U are following the changes in employment and are continuing to rely more heavily on part time and contingent faculty for the majority of the work. Nationally, over 70% of classes in higher education are taught by contingent faculty; adjuncts have agreed that it’s time to have a voice in their workplace and begin to make changes to pay, benefits, job security, and respect at their workplaces. Now, it’s our turn in St. Louis.

As graduate students, we will soon be in the shoes currently filled by today’s adjuncts. Full time and tenure track jobs are disappearing, and adjunct work is here to stay and those of us planning for careers in academia must be ready for a changing industry. While professors of the past could fall into a tenure track position within a few years finishing their degrees, today people are becoming adjuncts as a career, piecing together a variety of part-time positions and working full time (or more) without the benefits of full time position. As students, we see the value in all of our faculty – part time and full time – and believe it’s time that adjunct work is sustainable and part time faculty receive the respect and benefits they deserve. We also look forward to sustainable careers for ourselves and our colleagues.

As undergraduate students, we benefit from adjuncts’ expertise everyday. And those of us continuing in academia might soon be in the shoes currently filled by today’s adjuncts. Full time and tenure track jobs are disappearing, and adjunct work is here to stay. While professors of the past could fall into a tenure track position within a few years finishing their degrees, today people are becoming adjuncts as a career, piecing together a variety of part-time positions and working full time (or more) without the benefits of full time position. As students, we see the value in all of our faculty – part time and full time – and believe it is time that adjunct work is made sustainable and part time faculty receive the respect and benefits they deserve. We also look forward to sustainable careers for our peers and ourselves.

As alums, we are the product of an excellent education at Washington University, where many of our courses were taught by adjunct faculty. They supported us as students, and now we stand with them as they form a union.

By signing this letter, we are stating our support for part time contingent faculty unionization at Washington University in St. Louis and are encouraging our peers and mentors to support this effort and continue to move forward toward the goal of a union. We will support part time contingent faculty in this process.

Sign now and join us!